How does physical therapy help with vestibular dysfunction?


A series of exercises overseen by a physical therapist can often help people manage their vestibular dysfunction. Balance-retraining exercises, often called vestibular therapy, include exercises for the head, body, and eyes that help your body adjust to your balance disorder. They are designed to desensitize the brain to the incorrect signals it is getting from the vestibular system in the inner ear. Sometimes the physical therapy makes symptoms worse at first, but the body and brain usually respond well to the exercises over time. Once you learn how to do the exercises, you can usually do them at home.

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Vestibular Dysfunction

The vestibular system, which includes parts of the inner ear and brain, helps you balance and move your eyes. When things go wrong with this system - because of injury, disease, or aging - vestibular dysfunction occurs.If you suff...

er from vestibular dysfunction, you may feel dizzy or off balance, have tinnitus (ringing in your ears), and even have trouble reading or doing arithmetic. People may mistake your symptoms and think you are lazy, nervous, or don't pay attention. For some, just describing symptoms is scary. For others, getting out of bed in the morning is difficult. Sometimes, going about your day is nearly impossible. Vestibular dysfunction can lead to other problems, such as short-term memory lapses, confusion, low self-esteem and self-confidence, anxiety or panic attacks, and depression. Motion sickness, nausea or vomiting, ear pain, and headaches are some other side effects. Vestibular dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways.

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