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What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based therapy programme that is designed to reduce the symptoms of disequilibrium by promoting central nervous system compensation in associated vestibular pathology. Vestibular rehabilitation is an alternative treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation for inner-ear deficits. The training allows the brain to regain balance, control and minimise dizziness. Essentially, the brain copes with the disorientating signals coming from the inner ears by learning to rely more on alternative signals coming from the eyes, ankles, legs and neck to maintain balance.

People with vestibular, inner ear disorders often experience problems with balance and position or movement-related dizziness. These primary symptoms are often accompanied by secondary symptoms associated with reduced activity levels. Secondary symptoms include decreased muscle strength, loss of range of motion, and increased tension in the cervical and shoulder muscles causing muscle fatigue, migraine, headaches and tension. These symptoms can affect a person’s ability to change positions, transition from sitting to standing, lying etc.

Dizziness may be debilitating and can diminish quality of life, reduce employability, and make day to day living difficult. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy designed to desensitize the balance system and alleviate both primary and secondary symptoms of vestibular disorders by central nervous system compensation.Where central nervous system compensation is achieved, individual’s ability to maintain posture, coordinate balance and stay upright may become dependent on input from other sensory system like vision, sensation and muscles and joints proprioception. Clinical evidence suggests that vestibular rehabilitation therapy exercises are proven and effective in reducing symptoms of many types of vestibular disorder including symptoms that follow corrective surgical procedures for vestibular disorders, treatment of BPPV, imbalance and vertigo. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialist area of rehabilitation that requires specialist knowledge, training and expertise in this area. When choosing your rehabilitation specialist, it is important you make sure that your physiotherapist has specialist knowledge, understanding and relevant training to treat neurological and vestibular conditions. Healing Touch Physiotherapy has a specialist service offering vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. We are instructed to complete a assessment, set out specific goals that are realistic and achievable and formulate a rehabilitation plan that would help clients achieve their goals.

The process involves :

Specialist assessment which is based on an in depth interview

Specialist physical assessment which includes :

Visio ocular assessments
Cranial nerves assessments
Balance assessments
Assessment for sensory interaction in balance
Assessment for coordination
Gait Assessment
Special vestibular tests
Objective assessment to include motion sensitivity tests, berg balance tests etc.

Based on the assessment, action plans and therapy goals are identified. Treatment is based on specific goal settings that involves stabilisation, Vestibular habituation and balance retraining exercises.

Conditions we treat:

BPPV
Imbalance
Dizziness
Vertigo
Labyrinthitis
Meniers disease
Migraine
Areas we cover in the North West

Manchester
Preston
Chorley
Leyland
Southport
Ormskirk
Burnley
Bolton
Wigan
Blackpool
Warrington
Lancaster
Carnforth
Silverdale
Ingleton
Gargrave
Clitheroe
Kirkby Lonsdale
Whittington
Arnside
Kendal

Areas we cover in Yorkshire Leeds

Bradford
Keighley
Ilkley
Skipton
York
Kirkbymoorside
North Yorkshire
Wakefield
Sheffield
Doncaster
Grimsby
Hull
Our objective is to help our clients regain, restore and achieve their goals. To instruct us, get in touch with Kay Ganguly, Clinical Director, Consultant Physiotherapist & Expert Witness.