A vestibular disorder relates to the inner ear and how it can affect your balance. People suffering from a vestibular disorder often experience dizziness and visual disturbances. Symptoms of vestibular disorder can diminish your quality of life and can have an impact on your emotional wellbeing, sometimes resulting in anxiety and depression.
Vertigo is a typical vestibular disorder, where you experience a rocking feeling or rotating sensation while remaining at rest. Vertigo can last several hours or days. Vertigo can develop from central or peripheral causes. Central causes refer to those that originate in the spinal cord or brain. Peripheral refers to those that originate in the inner ear. Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo is an example of a type of vertigo that can occur after an illness or displacement of the small crystals in the inner ear.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of treatment aimed at alleviating the symptoms related to vestibular disorders. It is a primarily exercise-based form of therapy designed to reduce vertigo, dizziness, and imbalance.
For peripheral vertigo, one of the most effective treatments includes partial repositioning movements, known as the Epley maneuver. This can be done by a physical therapist. By performing specific head movements your physical therapist can move the crystals in the inner ear. Your therapist can also carry out a series of exercises known as Cawthorne head exercises. These exercises help to decrease the sensitivity of the nerves and improve vertigo. Most patients with peripheral vertigo can experience substantial relief with physical therapy.
If you suffer from a vestibular disorder, our team here at Reddy Care Physical and Occupational Therapy has extensive expertise in treating balance disorders and vertigo with vestibular rehab. To find out more about vestibular rehab and how we can help you, give us a call and schedule a consultation.
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