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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise approach to decrease symptoms of dizziness and improve balance in patients with an under-functioning vestibular system.  Human balance is maintained through a complex process involving vision, position sense, hearing, touch and knowledge of impending movement.  Vestibular Rehabilitation uses the remarkable ability of the brain to adapt to improve processing of this sensory information, thus improving balance, reducing fall risk, decreasing dizziness and safely increasing general activity levels.  Exerce may include surface and midline orientation, eye and head turning exercises, gait training, muscle strengthening, core with posture and body mechanics, and general conditioning to improve tolerance to exercise and activity.

A common peripheral vestibular disorder is BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo).  Symptoms include short lived vertigo (spinning) lasting only seconds and related to specific activity or position.  Procedures which use specific head maneuvers are know to effectively treat BPPV, although patients may require balance retraining after repositioning procedures.  Ironically, avoiding positions that provoke vertigo may increase symptoms and recovery time.
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