Vestibular Dysfunction

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.

Symptoms of Vestibular Dysfunction

  • Imbalance & Spatial Disorientation
  • Stumbling
  • Trouble walking in a straight line; holding body up straight
  • Dizziness
  • A feeling or moving when there is no movement
  • "Floating" Sensation
  • Blurred Vision
  • Busy environments cause headaches or disorientation
  • Hearing Loss or Hearing Impairment
  • Psychological Changes
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety

Diagnosing Vestibular Dysfunction

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.

Treating Vestibular Dysfunction

The treatments for vestibular dysfunction vary depending on the symptoms, health, and results of the examination, but can include:

Diet & Lifestyle Changes

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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

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. 

At-Home Exercises

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.

Vestibular Dysfunction Resources

Vestibular Toolkit

Vestibular Toolkit

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Vestibular Exercise

Vestibular Exercise

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The Vestibular System - What is it?

The Vestibular System - What is it?

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Vestibular Dysfunction FAQs

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.

VIZSTIM Vestibular Dysfunction Kits

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.

Vestibular Dysfunction Kit
Vestibular Dysfunction Kit
Vestibular Dysfunction Kit
Vestibular Dysfunction Kit

Vestibular Dysfunction Kit

Easy to follow vestibular regimen for rewiring the vestibular system and its processing through the brain.  This kit was developed with progressions in mind.  Start with level 1 and progress up through level 3 for the most challenge.  This kit can help reduce symptoms of dizziness, imbalance, brain fog, and visual motion sensitivity.
The Vestibular Dysfunction Kit includes:
  • 12 Vestibular Exercises
  • 4 Popsicle Stick Exercises
  • 1 Card Holder
  • 1 Magnet
  • VIZSTIM Instruction Sheet
  • VIZSTIM Balance Program
  • Floor Dots for Balance Exercises
  • Resistance Band
  • Access to videos of each exercise included with purchase
  • Free Domestic Shipping
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Additional Brain Health Journal
Additional Brain Health Journal
Additional Brain Health Journal

Additional Brain Health Journal


The Brain Health Journal is a stand alone journal to document daily exercises and health.

Tracks 100 days of progress 

Easily document diet, hydration, and exercises.