Do you suffer from Dizziness, Vertigo, Tinnitus, low blood pressure when standing up, Light headedness, or Post-Concussion symptoms?
The vestibular system is comprised of the inner ear, and cerebellum. Vestibular therapy specifically targets these areas, which are often the cause of conditions affecting balance and coordination. Vestibular therapy may include various forms of stability work, unstable surfaces such as wobble board or balance board, and complex movements of the extremities, spin therapy, or other rotational forms of movement, positional maneuvers and eye exercises.
Constant nerve impulses and feedback are necessary via the vestibular pathways to know our relationship of bodies in space. The vestibular system communicates a vast amount of information to the brain structures which can be used to rehabilitate the brain for neurological conditions which may seem totally unrelated to balance or vestibular function. The vestibular system helps gaze stabilization, and maintain posture of the head and body by detecting motion of the head and firing impulses to the brain. The vestibular system is responsible for our ability to sense movement and our orientation in space. Without vestibular input, higher cortical processing would be impaired to make the appropriate motor response or body movements.
Complex Movement Exercises may include mimicking movements, mirror therapy, throwing and catching a ball, kicking and stopping a ball, pointing or tracing therapy. In a patient suffering from a functional deficit these simple activites are in fact very powerful forms of rehabilitation. These movements have particular areas of the brain which they target.