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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy - How It Helps Patients

VR is a specialized therapy that assists in alleviating primary & secondary vestibular disorders. Do you know postural issues occur because of vestibular dysfunction? You might face vestibular impairment if you experience gaze stability or motion stability. Age group facing vestibular function disorders:  These balance disorders can bang at any age but the most commonly if you are growing older. 

Causes of Vestibular Balance Disorder

Improper blood circulation problems, any injuries to the neck or head, inner ear problems, low blood sugar, dehydration, inner ear problems, nervous system disease, and even pregnancy can be the reason.

Symptoms of Vertigo

Vertigo is triggered by difficulty in the head. Sufferers may feel any of the following symptoms:

  • Spinning: sensation you or the environment around you is moving.
  • Tilting
  • Swaying: the feeling of motion within the body. 
  • Unbalanced: feeling unbalanced while walking or standing
  • Pulled in one direction.
  • If they feel sick (nausea).
  • Vomiting: expelling stomach content through the mouth.  
  • Jerking and abnormal eye movements are usually called nystagmus.
  • Headaches 
  • Sweating 
  • Inner ear issues like hearing loss.
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Does Vertigo Improve Without Treatment?

We might commonly hear that vertigo can improve over time without any treatment. Yes, it can be but it would take a lot of time, and the chances of major damages are also there. 

Vertigo Therapy in Surrey BC can improve with the medicines such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine®) and meclizine and through physiotherapy treatment “Vestibular Rehabilitation”. 

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?

A physical exercise-based program, designed to maintain balance. A specialty-trained vestibular physiotherapist would design this to bring down the symptoms mentioned above. 

Vestibular Rehabilitation in Surrey BC is specialized physiotherapy to improve vestibular disorders. Vestibular system: The vestibular system assists in detecting the head position according to the senses. Our vestibular system is made up of inner ear organs, the cerebellum, and peripheral vestibular nerves.

Can I Get Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy?

You can consult the vestibular therapist if you are diagnosed with imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, neck-related dizziness, and migraines. Patients who had a brain injury or stroke can refer to the vestibular therapist.

Everyone with these symptoms regardless of gender & age can consult for Vestibular rehabilitation. The physiotherapist will evaluate the symptoms and medical history. The assessment would include the areas like flexibility, balance, leg strength, gait  (walk pattern), stability and mobility of vision, mobility of the neck, neck, and arm strength, and positional testing( includes an inner ear test). Based on the findings, the experienced physiotherapist would develop a care plan with the motive to improve deficiencies.

Benefits of Vestibular Rehab Therapy

You can easily recover from vestibular disorders with the help of vestibular rehabilitation therapy. You can expect the following outcomes from this therapy:


  • The risk of falling would be decreased, you will find a noticeable change in the very early stages. 
  • Symptoms of dizziness would decrease, and you feel more active. 
  • Maintaining balance is the basic outcome. You will gain physical stability.
  • You would find a commendable improvement in the vision. It would be more stable. 
  • With the help of VRT, you can improve the overall strength of the body. 
  • You can get back to the prior level of a healthy lifestyle. Your body movements and functions would perform better. 
  • Neck pain and tension would be reduced and the mobility in the neck would be improved.
  • If a person is diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo(BPPV), can be benefitted from this therapy.

Besides, This Vestibular Therapy Would Have Many Other Benefits:

  • Balance and stability would improve the quality of life and enhance confidence.
  • This treatment can be done without or with less usage of drugs and medicines.

Vestibular Exercises

These exercises are designed with the aim to improve the movement of the eyes. The therapist would practice balancing with the required attention. Vestibular exercise would develop muscle sense awareness. Head movements would be practised to reduce dizziness.

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Habituation Exercises

These exercises are designed to overcome the dizziness produced by the movements of the head like moving the head to look upper, or bending forward. Individuals working with visually stimulating profiles like working in gyms, and long time working hours on screen can be appropriate for these therapies. These exercises allow the central nervous system to gradually be used to (habituate) the stimuli. you might feel an increase in the symptoms but do not worry, this would be temporary and get back to the baseline in a couple of minutes. With the successful compliance of this program, the brain would train to ignore signals from the inner ear system and dizziness would be decreased. 


Gaze Stabilization Exercises

Improve control of the movements of the eyes with the movement of the head. Gase Stabilization exercises are recommended if your vision appears to shake, shift or wriggle while walking, reading, and focusing. Common exercise: Working on the vestibular ocular reflex by fixating on the object and moving the head up and down/ back and forth.

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Balancing Training Exercises

For self-care, with the motive for success in daily activities, These exercises improve steadiness and reduce the rising of falling. This exercise would improve the ability to sit, stand, turn, walk and bend. 

After assessing the several measures, the physiotherapist would plan exercises according to your medical health. It is so necessary to contact experienced physiotherapists for your treatmen