Vestibular rehabilitation (VR) is exercise-based therapy suitable for people with ear-related balance issues and dizziness symptoms, such those with a diagnosis of stable Ménière’s disease, vestibular hypofunction in one or both ears, or other vestibular complaints.
Sometimes, irreparable damage to the balance organ has been sustained; in these cases, VR exercises can be matched to the difficulties faced and improve the brain’s ability to maintain overall balance.
VR works via a compensation learning process, whereby the brain recalibrates to interpret the signals it receives from the balance organ, the eyes, and the knees, hips and joints (proprioception).
Who can it help?
VR is suitable for people suffering from vestibular or inner ear balance disorders that present with symptoms such as imbalance, dizziness, nausea, vertigo, blurred vision and falls. This affects their ability to complete day to day tasks and can cause much stress and anxiety. VR targets these core symptoms for the best possible outcome. A referral letter is required from a GP, ENT or neurology consultant before VR can take place, to ensure you are medically well, and reports will be sent back to the referrer following all appointments.
What does it involve?
The first appointment will consist of a thorough discussion of your symptoms and the tasks you are having to modify or avoid. Through this, the clinician will identify any functional balance tests required and whether/which exercises are appropriate. A bespoke programme is then tailored specifically to your needs, comprising a set of manageable, safe but challenging exercises. These are regularly reviewed and adjusted as required. You should expect 5–6 appointments in total. Appointments are currently being offered via telephone or video calling if preferred.
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