The Vestibular System
The vestibular system, or inner ear, senses movements of our head and body in relation to gravity. If this system becomes damaged and weak, it can lead to unsteadiness and dizziness. We must retrain this system and our brain to learn to compensate for the damage and restore normal function.
What are Common Exercises?
Exercises are performed both statically and dynamically with changing stances and surfaces. The complexity of surfaces walking over is changed to increase difficulty.
Exercises to improve function of the inner ear include:
- Sitting, standing, or walking while turning the head up and down, and side to side
- Balancing on unstable surfaces
- Walking heel to toe
- Balancing with our eyes closed
- Exercises with high visual stimulation
- Walking with quick head and body turns
Will this Help me Feel Better?
Yes! Vestibular and brain training will reduce/abolish your dizziness and you will become steadier on your feet, and therefore safer in your day to day life. Following Physical Therapy, patients are more confident in their balance and able to return to activities they have been avoiding for years.
If you are feeling unsteady, or dizzy, you will benefit from Physical Therapy to improve your balance and your quality of life.
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