People with vestibular disorders often experience problems with vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. Secondary problems can occur such as a feeling of nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue. This can all impact on a person’s quality of life adopting a more sedentary lifestyle to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility, increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur.
Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be extremely effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. Treatment strategies used in rehabilitation can also be beneficial for these secondary problems. Treatment is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls.
Many people respond extremely well to vestibular rehabilitation with a reduction or complete eradication of their symptoms and can return to their normal activities with improved confidence and wellbeing.
The goal of vestibular physiotherapy is to use a problem-oriented approach by performing customised exercises to address each person’s specific problem(s). Therefore, before an exercise program can be designed, a comprehensive clinical examination is needed to identify problems related to the vestibular disorder.
Anna Hildreth (MSCP BSc Hons) is our Physiotherapist specialising in Vestibular Rehabilitation and would be happy to discuss your concerns and arrange an assessment and personalised treatment, call us on 0113 2508833.