Do you find it hard to concentrate? Do you have memory problems? Are you experiencing balance issues? For years many have suffered because no one could identify the cause of their problems.
More than a third of the population report bouts of dizziness at some point in their lives, according to the National Institutes of Health. Dizziness and balance issues are often associated with inner-ear disorders.
Dizziness and balance issues may be a consequence of:
blows to the head,
high doses of certain antibiotics,
or degeneration of the inner ear’s balance function.
As we age, the inner-ear (known as the vestibular system) deteriorates. Common inner-ear symptoms include: vertigo, nausea and blurred vision. Many inner-ear disorders have been misdiagnosed as sinus, eye, neurological or psychological conditions.
Exercise therapy has helped many recover from inner-ear issues. Vestibular rehabilitation treats inner-ear problems with a new form of exercise therapy. Many who have undergone treatment report at least partial relief and a third recover completely. According to The NYU Medical Center / Rusk Institute.
Dizziness is a major problem for the elderly. When the inner-ear malfunctions, conflicting signals are transmitted to the brain. Balance and rocking or spinning sensations can occur. Vestibular therapy is based on the concept that the very movements that make us dizzy will relieve the symptoms.
VESTIBULAR EXERCISE REHABILITATION
Eye exercises retrain the vestibular ocular reflex (controlled by the inner ear). As the patient repeatedly moves the head side to side or up and down, they must focus on a specific target to keep the field of vision steady.
Treatments focus on balance retraining exercises such as standing on a thick piece of foam rubber with eyes closed. The objective is to retrain the brain to rely on information from the inner ear, rather than messages from the eyes and the feet.
Physical therapy treatments include jumping, sitting up and lying down rapidly and turning in circles. The exercises are simple, the key is repetition.
Conflicting signals from the inner-ear force the brain to over exert itself. As a consequence, symptoms include a lack of concentration, memory loss and fatigue. Symptoms typically disappear once the exercise treatments have retrained the brain.
Patients must be monitored by a physical therapist. Too much exercise can be counter productive. The exercise program is modified based on how and when the symptoms abate.
Medication or surgery may be advised based on your unique condition.
Vestibular rehabilitation is not for everyone. Exercise therapy is a drug free treatment option that may improve or even correct your issues.
To learn more about vestibular rehabilitation set up a free exploratory examination to learn if physical therapy is right for you.