What is Vestibular therapy?
What is vestibular therapy?
Vestibular therapy is treatment for diseases or dysfunction of the inner ear, or vestibule, which cause vertigo, dizziness, nausea, and imbalance. The most common vestibular problems include BPPV, Meniere’s disease, viral infections, and structural damage or degeneration from aging. BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) or “ear crystals” as many people know it, is a condition that is easily treated with a series of maneuvers to shift the “ear crystals” within the inner ear.
Those who suffer from BPPV will experience vertigo – a sense of spinning, with specific movements or head positions, such as rolling in bed, standing up, looking overhead etc. Treatment of BPPV is 98% effective within three treatment sessions. With BPPV and other vestibular dysfunctions, treatment includes a home program tailored specifically to you, with exercises for balance and head and eye movements to stimulate your brain and vestibule.
Although vestibular diseases and dysfunctions are only a small portion of what can cause dizziness, the treatment is very effective. If you believe that you may benefit from vestibular therapy, consult your family doctor and then come visit us at Summit.