A vestibular dysfunction disorder affects parts of the brain and the inner ear that are involved in sensing motion. If someone suffers from a head injury, illness, or disease, they may experience vestibular issues. Vestibular dysfunction is more common than most would think, with one study showing that as many as 69 million Americans have suffered from some sort of vestibular dysfunction.
If untreated, the symptoms of vestibular dysfunction can have a negative impact on an individual's health and day-to-day activities.
Anyone who suffers from imbalances, dizziness or vertigo should consult their doctor or another medical professional to determine a diagnosis. Because the inner ear, brain, and nerve networks can be complex, several different tests may need to be run in order to figure out the exact cause of the vestibular disorder. Knowing the cause helps to determine the right course of action in recovery. Some tests may include: bloodwork, vestibular testing, hearing and vision examinations, balance assessments, and walking ability.
The treatments for vestibular dysfunction vary depending on the symptoms, health, and results
of the examination, but can include:
Some individuals have found that certain dietary changes have helped manage their symptoms.
Being active helps your brain recalibrate while being inactive limits your ability to promote recovery and can worsen symptoms over time.
Through exercises designed to train your brain, eyes, and body, VRT can help reprogram the
brain's processes and improve coordination between the eyes, brain and body. This is called neuroplasticity when the brain adapts. The exercises must be specific, repetitive, and intense in order for the best outcomes to occur.
Home exercises are easy to implement and can be crucial for well rounded recovery. Follow our
physical therapist designed program for balance recovery and fall prevention.
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Vestibular dysfunction is a problem within the inner ear or brain affecting the way your brain interprets your balance systems. It can be central or peripheral.
Vestibular dysfunction can be caused by infection, head injury, or disease. There are many vestibular disorders that can be affected by environmental factors.
No. BPPV is displaced calcium crystals within your inner ear. It is typical to have intense but brief episodes of spinning upon certain head movements. The treatment for BPPV is repositioning the crystals within the inner ear through repositioning maneuvers.
VIZSTIM was created to improve vestibular dysfunction with at home exercises. This can be started with a healthcare provider or within the comfort of your home.
Yes. Any healthcare professional can purchase and use VIZSTIM in their practice to better treat vestibular dysfunction. They can then give you individualized changes to use your kit at home.
That depends. These exercises were created to be an easily done at home but if it makes you feel more comfortable then you may work with your physical therapist to get started and have them customize your homework of using the kit.
We designed an easily-implemented and standardized exercise kit as a bridge for individuals recovering from injuries such as vestibular dysfunction, concussions, and neurological issues. Designed as an at-home exercise tool, our kits provide an easy and affordable option for home training in visual and vestibular therapy.