Background about Vestibular Disorders and How Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help
There are many disorders related to vestibular or inner ear balance that are said to be improved if people will undergo vestibular rehabilitation with the aid of vestibular rehabilitation therapy or VRT. An individual suffering with vestibular disorders usually experience concerns with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and or imbalance.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is considered the best way to manage most causes of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance. However, it is observed that in this field, only a very few trained specialists are competent enough to diagnose these disorders and be able to formulate treatment applications that are appropriate enough.
There are clinics that specialize in this treatment, and note that this is the domain of the chiropractic neurologist of which only a few doctors sub-specialize this field.
A specially trained vestibular physical therapist would design the vestibular rehabilitation which is a program based on exercise. This program has the goal of improving balance in problems relating to dizziness and reduce the concern.
The nature of dizziness is described as those experiences like feelings of unsteadiness, of wooziness or swimming feeling in head, lightheadedness, a feeling of passing out, sensations of moving, spinning, floating, swaying, tilting, vertigo or whirling sensations. These mentioned feelings or sensations would occur usually when you are standing still, lying down or changing positions.
Every year, it is claimed that more than 10 million of patients would visit a doctor because of dizziness. This is the most common complaint of people over the age of 75, however, patients of any age can also experience this problem.
A physical therapis will evaluate your symptoms and evaluate your medical history during your appointment, and the professional will make an assessment about your balance and leg strength and flexibility, gait or how you walk, visual stability and mobility, neck mobility and arm and neck strength, and positional testing that includes an inner ear exam.
When findings are concluded of the mentioned areas, a plan of care will be developed in your case. As far as your concerns are found, the treatment plan will then have a goal of improving whatever is identified as deficient. With the treatment, you are then helped to function well in the activities of your daily living, thus will minimize your risk of falling, and ultimately have a better quality of life.
The treatment of the issues would involve a wide range of variety of techniques, such as visual exercises and sensorimotor retraining, and these exercises can be done at home, and would include information of the whole family. Everybody in the family is to contribute to the rehabilitation, and the main goal of the treatment is to get the patient back to working to his or her fullest potentials.