We have developed our VRT Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Program. It addresses vertigo and balance disorders. Because we’ve been encountering a surprising number of patients with vertigo and balance issues here at elevate Health & Performance™
Amazingly, 35% of Americans over 40 will experience vertigo during their lifetime.
Balance issues also occur more often as we age. And, the vestibular system is often the underlying cause of the problems.
Well, what is the vestibular system one might ask? Our DPT Team explains:
The vestibular system lies within your ear. It regulates both hearing and balance. It allows you to sense where your head is in space and your body’s movement.
This information is gathered by tiny hair cells and three semicircular canals (pictured above). It gets relayed to our brain. Here’s more detail from the leading vertigo/balance non-profit VEDA.
Then our brain adjusts our eye movement and posture. So we can stay balanced and upright.
But, when the vestibular organs become compromised problems occur. The most common is Benign Paroxysmal Positioning Vertigo (BPPV).
BPPV results from the misplacement of tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear canals. When that happens the brain gets signals that you are moving even if your body is still.
And BPPV often occurs after a head injury. Or after you experience a period of inactivity. Unfortunately, BPPV is time-consuming and can be stressful for patients.
Fortunately, people with BPPV can improve with specialized physical therapy.
Here at elevate Health & Performance™ our DPTs have trained in ways to improve vertigo. They specialize in VRT Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.
And, VRT is an exercise-based program. The goals are to reduce vertigo and dizziness. As well as helping gaze instability (difficulty in focusing) and improve balance.
Every VRT program varies based on the patient’s symptoms. But the exercises can involve:
Habituation – exercises to help change behavior and perception as you move around.
Gaze Stabilization – exercises used to help control eye movement so that the patient sees images more smoothly.
Balance Training – exercises designed to help steadiness so that patients can return to most daily routines.
There’s no need to continue living with balance or vertigo issues.
Have questions? Need to know more? Just contact us. We’re ready to help