Vestibular Physiotherapy referred to as Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) has been demonstrated to be a highly effective treatment modality for most individuals with vestibular or central balance system disorders. VRT is a specific form of physio designed to improve balance, minimize falls and decrease dizziness by restoring vestibular function and promoting mechanisms of central adaptation and compensation.
I brought my 80 year old mum to Aine as she was diagnosed with vertigo by her doctor. She is very independent but the fear of falling was very debilitating and was affecting her confidence. She was prescribed medication which she couldn't tolerate well and after 6 weeks the dizziness and nausea was really getting her down as he didn't think it could be cured. But just one appointment with Aine seems to have rectified the vertigo and she has not had a recurrence in the 2 weeks since. I would highly recommend this specialist physio clinic for any vestibular problems. Thanks Aine.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is designed to desensitise the balance system to problematic movements and to enhance the fine-tuning required for long term compensation. When compensation occurs for a vestibular deficit, the remaining Central Nervous System (CNS) processes allow sufficient control of eye, head, and body movements to maintain stable gaze, posture, and position.
Vestibular Physiotherapy takes advantage of the adaptive characteristics of the CNS to reestablish homeostasis within the vestibular system. This results in increased vestibular ocular accuracy, refinement of oculomotor skills, improvement in postural control, and utilization of appropriate movement strategies.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is typically designed as a therapist-directed patient-motivated home-based exercise protocol. Individuals visit the therapist on a limited basis. The patient engages in custom-designed exercises at home several times a day without therapist supervision. VRT exercises are graduated, beginning at the minimal skill level that the patient is capable of performing, with complexity being increased as compensation and habituation occur. Patients have regular follow up visits until compensation and habituation are complete, optimal balance is achieved, and symptoms of dizziness have resolved.
For additional information, the Vestibular Charity VEDA provides a wide range of research: www.vestibular.org
As do www.menieres.org.uk