Have you every been dizzy or experienced sensitivity to motion more than once? Have you played it off on not eating during the day because you were rushing around? Stop. Read this guide, and know how to distinguish balance and vestibular dysfunction and how to treat it.
Balance and Vestibular Dysfunction Symptoms
Vestibular symptoms are usually described as dizziness or vertigo. They may also include sensitivity to motion, such as rolling over in bed or a feeling of unsteadiness. Balance difficulties result in:
- Unsteady walking pattern
- A tendency to hold onto walls and furniture
- A fear of falling
Falls are a significant reason for fractures, hospitalization and loss of independence.
How to Treat?
Treatment of vestibular disorders consists of specific exercises designed to maximize the central nervous system’s ability to compensate and adjust to positional changes. Treatment for balance dysfunctions emphasizes both the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system.
Physical therapists use a variety of specific maneuvers and exercises to distinguish balance and vestibular dysfunction, including:
- Canalith repositioning maneuvers
- The Brandt-Daroff exercise
- Eye gaze exercises
- Static and dynamic balance training
- Lower extremity and trunk strengthening exercises
- Flexibility exercises
- Gait training
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