Cranfold Physiotherapist, Lisa Batchelor writes about Vestibular Rehabilitation: what it is, and how to assess and treat it. If you’d like to make an appointment to discuss this, please do call the practice.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy designed to alleviate symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. This approach aims to identify the causes of your symptoms and provide effective treatments to improve your dizziness, enhance your balance, and enable a return to your normal activities.
The treatment plan is personalized and can involve various interventions, such as physical manoeuvres to manage vertigo, exercises to enhance balance and gait, as well as eye and head exercises. These exercises are tailored for you to practice in the comfort of your home.
Vestibular rehabilitation holds great potential for significant improvement or complete resolution of symptoms triggered by head or body movements (e.g., turning your head) or positional changes (e.g., bending down, looking up, lying flat, changing positions in bed). Avoiding movements that can cause dizziness could impede your recovery progress, which is where the guidance of a vestibular physiotherapist comes in to help select the most beneficial exercises for your situation.
For those dealing with balance issues or falls, a vestibular rehab assessment can pinpoint fall risks and inner ear problems contributing to instability. Treatment sessions are geared towards refining balance and gait, supplemented by a customized home exercise routine that bolsters your stability and self-assurance.
If the “wait and see” approach proves ineffective, or when being told that your symptoms are a natural part of aging leaves you dissatisfied, a comprehensive assessment by a vestibular physiotherapist can make a significant difference. This assessment not only uncovers the root causes of your symptoms but also devises strategies to improve your well-being and overall quality of life.