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Vestibular Rehabilitation: What it is and Stories of Success

Written by Silverstein Institute
Published: 22 Sep 2016

vestibularrehab.jpegAlso known as balance retraining, V.R therapy is a variety of developed exercises based on the individual head movements and activities that cause a person to experience dizziness. These balance exercises are used by therapists in order to reduce the severity of present problems as well as to retrain the brain to counteract deficits causing balance disorders. The brain is forced to confront the areas of the issue and to resolve what may be happening. This problem-orientated approach promotes effective compensation.  Although this process does take time and effort, the success stories speak for themselves.

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What Causes The Need For V.R Therapy?

The human body's balance system is dependent on three sensory systems; the visual (the eyes), the vestibular (semicircular canals and otoliths in the inner ear) and the touch, joints and muscle receptors. The job of these three important systems is to present information to the brain, which is then combined in order to communicate correctly to the body how it needs to perform to enable balance. The brain has the ability to compensate for the loss of one of the three sensory systems, but more than that will result in obvious balance difficulties.

There are more than 200 conditions that can create dizziness and balance disorders and these results affect 40% of people over the age of 40 years old. While a few of these diagnoses do require surgical treatment as the cure, many of them are improved by V.R Therapy.

Story Of Success

After being born with a spinal condition, for 40 years Sam Adelstein dealt with balance problems. Being at the point of giving up because of numerous failures in the hope of a solution, he was referred to the Silverstein Institute to try out Vestibular Rehabilitation. Not understanding how it would work, he went and began therapy. After just two short months, he now rates his ability to walk from a 2 to a 6 and is fully convinced of the progress.

A balanced and stable body encourages a balanced and stable life. V.R therapy with the help of professional therapists and innovative technology gives this back to patients by allowing them to return to enjoying their normal lifestyle and freeing them of any fear of being unsteady and feeling like they are always possibly going to fall.  

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