Eva Flunkert is a senior physiotherapist at Physiofusion, who specializes in the treatment of dizziness and balance disorders. Read more how physiotherapy helps these conditions here:
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
Do you feel dizzy, light-headed or unsteady or do you sometimes feel the world around you is spinning? Are you having trouble focussing on tasks or objects (TV, mobile phone, computer screen)? Do you feel discomfort when you are in a busy environment or are you sensitive to bright lights or loud noises or do you feel your hearing has deteriorated?
These are all symptoms that can result from a peripheral vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of the balance organs of the inner ear) or central vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of one or more parts of the central nervous system that help process balance and spatial information). Vestibular dysfunction is most commonly caused by head injury (BPPV, post-concussion), aging (vestibular hypofunction, Meniere’s) and viral infection (labyrinthitis, neuritis).
Whether your symptoms came on gradually or all at once, whether they are intermittent or constant, living with a vestibular disorder can affect your quality of life in many ways.
The vestibular system together with your eyes and joints and muscles is important in providing information about motion, balance and spatial orientation to the brain. Vestibular disorders impede that flow of sensory information and the sensory input received from eyes, muscles and joints, and your vestibular organs can conflict with one another causing you to feel disoriented and dizzy.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is an exercise based program to assess and treat symptoms caused by a vestibular disorder. It uses specific head, body, and eye exercises designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception. Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders.
To book an appointment with Eva, follow our link here: https://online.tm2app.com/physiofusion