Vestibular rehabilitation is an immediate necessity when symptoms of a vestibular disorder, like vertigo, dizziness, blurred vision at night, and problems with keeping balance, are apparent. These conditions are not only infuriating but if neglected, can worsen to debilitating magnitudes and impair with a person’s ability to lead a normal life. Thankfully, advances in diagnosis technology and treatment methodologies have made vestibular rehabilitation therapies more effective.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapies are customized for every patient and a routine is created only after a detailed analysis of the patient’s condition. There are quite a few vestibular rehabilitation therapies that have been specifically designed to help the brain again recognize, analyze, and react to signals sent by the vestibular system.
The canalith repositioning procedure is considered one of the most effective vestibular rehabilitation techniques. It consists of a few simple head maneuvers that are carried out at the treatment facility and is recommended for people who experience brief but acute bouts of dizziness when moving their heads.
Gaze stabilization exercises are prescribed for patients with complaints of persistent problems with keeping their balance and dizziness. These exercises however, have to be performed regularly and the difficulty levels pumped up gradually, of course, after consulting a trained physical therapist.
Other vestibular rehabilitation techniques include behavioral modifications, posture correction, and avoidance strategies. However, the mix of therapies can only be decided by the physical therapist, as research has conclusively proven that customized training programs have greater success rates than generic exercises.
The criticality of a vestibular rehabilitation program cannot be stressed enough. More than 40% of all Americans experience dizziness at least once in their lives and almost half of all such instances are due to some sort of dysfunction of the vestibular system. The prognosis is grim because findings of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey suggest that people suffering from vestibular disorders are 12 times more likely to fall and sustain injuries. So, the next time your head spins, your eyes cloud, or you stumble for no apparent reason, call the professionals at Global Pain & Spine Clinic at 847-299-7000.