When something’s amiss with the workings of your inner ear or vestibular system, which helps to regulate and control your balance, you will probably experience dizziness much of the time, along with vertigo or a fear of heights. This chronic imbalance can happen at any age.

Vestibular Disorder And Physiotherapy

What causes it?

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) – an inner ear ailment – is the most common type of vestibular disorder.

Medication side effects, alcohol consumption, anxiety and some medical conditions, like heart problems, stroke, concussion and cerebellar degeneration, may also contribute to vestibular disorder.

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy can help problems like:

  • BPPV;
  • Ménière’s disease;
  • Labyrinthitis;
  • Bilateral or unilateral vestibular hypofunction (decreased inner ear function on one or both sides); and
  • Vestibular neuritis.

Finding a good vestibular rehabilitation physical therapist should be first on the agenda. An experienced physiotherapist, such as those at Dynamic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, will work with you to help formulate a game plan to help with vestibular disorder. Here are some things your physiotherapist may suggest:

  • Balancing exercises. Exercises that make you balance and move simultaneously help with overall balance issues. An example would be walking with your head moving back and forth or walking heel-to-toe. These can also be done with the eyes closed or on cushiony surfaces.
  • Visual dependence. Making it more difficult to rely on sight may strengthen sensory perception, helping to ease vestibular disorder. For example, a physical therapist may put petroleum jelly on a patient’s glasses, so the patient relies more on other senses rather than sight.
  • Stabilizing your gaze. While the head is moving, the patient is asked to focus on a fixed object. There are numerous variations to this exercise.
  • Physical conditioning. Things like using a treadmill, riding a stationary bike and swimming can all help the severity of vestibular disorder.

The experienced physiotherapist team at Dynamic Physiotherapy will first make an assessment of your particular situation. Based on their findings they will fashion a set of exercises that will best help you at their office and at home. Doing your exercises at home will help you reach your goals more quickly.

A holistic approach to improve your health can be found at Dynamic Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic. Their physical therapists go above and beyond what you’d expect. Their caring staff will work with you to help allay your symptoms. Talk to one of the experts on our team today to see how they can help!


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