Vestibular rehabilitation is aimed directly at improving the functional relationship between the inner ear, brain, eyes, muscles and nerves through central nervous system training and alleviating mechanical problems within the inner ear causing dizziness. Therapy for vertigo or disequilibrium that persists after a vestibular injury (inner ear injury) is an essential element of fall prevention. Vestibular dysfunction can occur at any age and can often be treated.
Primary Vestibular Symptoms
Dizziness, nausea, vertigo (spinning/dis-equilibrium), illusion of self-movement, imbalance/ataxia.
Secondary Vestibular Symptoms
Headache, neck pain and stiffness, motion sickness, difficulty concentrating, fatigue, anxiety, depression.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
BPPV is the most common type of true vertigo. Symptoms include severe spinning sensation lasting less than one minute. Vertigo is provoked by positional change such as turning in bed, bending over or reaching for a top shelf.
The second most common type of vertigo is inflammation of the vestibular nerve, commonly caused by a bacteria or virus. Acute symptoms include 2-3 days of vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and imbalance; sub-acute symptoms include gaze instability, imbalance, and vague dizziness.
Other Diagnoses Prescribed
Motion sensitivity, age related dizziness and imbalance, cervicogenic dizziness, and migraine-associated vertigo.