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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation can be an effective way to improve symptoms related to many vestibular conditions. Vestibular conditions often present with symptoms including vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and imbalance.

After a thorough vestibular evaluation, input from the patient, and review of diagnostic testing results, an exercise-based program can be designed by a Physiotherapist, to reduce vertigo, reduce dizziness, reduce gaze instability, and reduce imbalance or risk of fall.

Exercise regimens are based in three primary categories.

  • Habituation Exercise - used to treat symptoms of dizziness that are produced because of visual stimuli.
  • Gaze Stabilization - used to improve control of eye movements so vision can be clear during head movements.
  • Balance Training - used to improve steadiness so that daily activities for self-care, work, and leisure can be performed successfully.

Finally, establishing a home exercise program is integral to the rehabilitation and recovery from vestibular disorders.

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