Balance is an important aspect of overall health and wellness. To maintain balance, the body relies on the vestibular system. The vestibular system receives information to the brain and relies on information from your eyes, from the vestibular organs found in your inner ear, and from muscles and joints of your body. The vestibular system’s function is to control balance capabilities and eye movement (Han et al., 2011). Injury, disease, genetics, or environmental conditions can compromise the vestibular system resulting in a diagnosis of a vestibular disorder (Vestibular Disorders Association et al., 2016).Common symptoms include visual disturbance, balance impairments, vertigo, dizziness, and nauseousness (Vestibular Disorders Association et al., 2016). It is these symptoms that can impact the ability to perform activities of your daily life. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy has shown to treat this disorder as an alternative to surgery or medication. Supported by research, vestibular rehabilitation therapy has shown to help to alleviate symptoms and restore daily life functioning.
The purpose of vestibular rehabilitation therapy is to improve the vestibulospinal reflex or to improve vestibular function (Han et al., 2011). Vestibular rehabilitation aims to enhance gaze stability, enhance postural stability, improve vertigo, and improve daily living functioning (Han et al., 2011). Exercises involving eye and head movements along with balance training can be prescribed and customized by your physical therapist. With vestibular disorders, it is common for the symptoms to influence your ability to move as it can cause you to reduce activity in order to avoid onset of symptoms or avoid development of worsening symptoms. However, movement and exercise is encouraged to increase tolerance to movement, prevent decreased muscle strength and flexibility, prevent increased joint stiffness, and prevent reduced stamina (Vestibular Disorders Association et al., 2016). With support and guidance of your physical therapist, you can continue to live your life without regard to limitations. The vestibular system is an essential component of the human body that too needs to be prioritized and recognized.
Neurovision helps to improve your visual cognitive and perceptual system to aide you in the recovery of the vestibular system.
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Han, B. I., Song, H. S., & Kim, J. S. (2011). Vestibular rehabilitation therapy: review of indications, mechanisms, and key exercises. Journal of clinical neurology (Seoul, Korea), 7(4), 184–196.