What is vestibular rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.
How is dizziness defined?
Dizziness can be described as:
- Feelings of unsteadiness
- Wooziness (swimming feeling in head)
- Caloric Vestibular
- Feelings of passing out
- Sensations of moving
- Whirling (sensations known as vertigo)
These feelings or sensations can occur when you are standing still, lying down or changing positions. The symptoms can be constant or episodic in nature, only lasting seconds, minutes or hours.
What causes dizziness?
Each year, more than 10 million patients visit a physician due to dizziness. It is the most common complaint of patients over the age of 75, but it can occur in patients of any age.
Dizziness is generally not serious, but is often a sign of a mechanical problem. Dizziness can be due to an inner ear disorder, a side effect of medications, a sign of neck dysfunction, or it can be due to a more serious problem such as a brain or a heart problem.