“The vestibular system is a sensory system that is responsible for providing our brain with information about motion, head position, and spatial orientation; it also is involved with motor functions that allow us to keep our balance, stabilize our head and body during movement, and maintain posture”. It is a very tiny system that can be found in the inner ear and it can suffer damage with a head injury, some types of disease and aging. Concussions can often impact the function of the vestibular system.
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy designed to reduce dizziness, headaches and imbalance. It involves an individualized problem-oriented approach to promote compensation and brain adaptation. Your physiotherapist will customize exercises to address each person’s specific problems. Your therapist will then use methods of exercise which may include gaze stabilization, habituation, and balance training.
One of the most important parts of vestibular rehabilitation is to establish an exercise program that is performed regularly at home. The brain needs thousands of repetitions to make changes, so following this home exercise program is essential in helping you meet your goals. Sometimes these exercises may make symptoms seem worse initially, but with time and consistent work, they should steadily decrease. Participation in a comprehensive vestibular rehabilitation that includes a precise home exercise program will allow those who sustained a concussion to return to full activities like school, work, and competitive sport in a more timely manner.
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