Vestibular TherapyFor Balance and Inner Ear Disorders
When sitting in your car, have you suddenly felt as if you were moving backward, only to realize it was the car next to you moving forward?
That disorientation is caused by a mismatch between the three systems our bodies use for balance. The Inner Ear (vestibular system), Sense of Touch (telling our brain we’re standing still), and our Vision System (telling us we’re moving).
Most of us only experience this a few times in our lives. Some people, however, experience this disorientation on a daily basis.
While BPPV treatment can seem “miraculous,” most vestibular rehabilitation is slow and often makes people feel worse Before feeling better. The brain cannot be forced to suddenly change but must be gently conditioned.
The endeavor, however, is rewarding with increased control, improved concentration, and a greater comfort level when in the community.
There will also be decreased head and neck pain caused by the muscles attempt to restrict motion.
The goal of vestibular rehabilitation is to restore a sense of control—control over one’s body, one’s environment and one’s life.