A Physical Therapist Specialized In Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help With Vertigo And Dizziness
Many people have experienced some symptoms of dizziness at one time or another. There can be many different causes for this. Some common causes are side effects from medication, quick changes in position, or sudden symptoms after a serious accident. In all of these cases, the symptoms that you are experiencing are because of problems with your vestibular system (your inner ear). Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that physical therapists who are trained in vestibular rehab can help.
What Is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Here is a more technical definition from VeDA – vestibular.org :
“Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems due to vestibular disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, reduce gaze instability, and/or reduce imbalance and fall risk as well as address any secondary impairments that are a consequence of the vestibular disorder. For most people who have a vestibular disorder, the deficit is permanent because the amount of restoration of vestibular function is very small. However, after vestibular system damage, symptoms can reduce and function can improve because of compensation. This occurs because the brain learns to use other senses (vision and somatosensory-body sense) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system.” https://vestibular.org/sites/default/files/page_files/Documents/Vestibular%20Rehabilitation_condensed.pdf
In essence, therapists who specialize in vestibular rehab teach you how to manage your symptoms and give you exercises that you can do to help decrease your symptoms and improve your quality of life. Your therapist will work with you to develop a home-based program that is customized for your symptoms and is safe for you to do.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo. Most people say that it feels like the room is spinning around them or that they feel like they are spinning. The good news is that, in most cases, people with BPPV can be significantly helped in one or two treatments from a physical therapist trained in dealing with this condition. To learn more about this condition, head over to VeDA.