Physical therapy works: vestibular rehabilitation

Almost all of us fall once in a lifetime due to dizziness or due to sudden imbalance. It can be due to several physiological phenomena such as lower blood pressure, dizziness, excessive vomiting, and weakness of the body. But what happens if you feel dizzy all the time and falling becomes a normal thing to you. This can be due to vestibular disorders for the first time treatment of vestibular disorders expert physical therapists prepare a set of treatments defined as vestibular rehabilitation treatment.

Who needs vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is needed by patients with diseases of which primary symptom is dizziness these diseases include

  • Vertigo
  • Headache and migraines
  • Vestibular injury
  • Brain injury affects the balance of the body
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Stroke

 Common symptoms of patients who need Vestibular rehabilitation include

  • Blurred vision
  • Tightness in the neck and fatigue of the neck
  • Imbalance
  • Frequent falling
  • Spinning motion in and outside the head 

What is dizziness?

Dizziness can be defined as a complex symptom including the following characteristics

  • Feelings of falling
  • Wheezing sound in the head
  • Spinning inside brain 
  • Feelings of passing out
  • Sensations of moving
  • Spinning and Floating
  •  Vertigo

Vestibular reflexes

 Five vestibular reflexes control the movements of the human body and maintain a proper balance

  • The Vestibular-Ocular Reflex
  • The angular VOR
  • The Vestibulospinal Reflex
  • The linear VOR
  • The Vestibulocollic Reflex

Any change in these reflexes can disable your gait and can cause balance disorders.

What exercises you will learn

The type of exercise depends on your symptoms and the severity of your symptoms but the most common exercises are

  • Stabilizing vision exercises
  • Posture training
  • Gait training
  • Stretching exercises and various strengthening exercises of upper and lower limb
  • General fitness exercises

Personalized training programs

The vestibular rehabilitation training program entirely depends on your physical need and your symptoms. No two vestibular rehabilitation programs are the same; they are different depending on individual needs. Most of the time dizziness and other symptoms go away just with the vestibular rehabilitation treatment program. The vestibular rehabilitation treatment program is very effective for preventing injuries from falling especially in senior age patients.


Vestibular rehabilitation treatment is a very effective treatment and can treat various disorders related to dizziness and their secondary effects as well. Make sure that when you feel that you are undergoing uncontrolled dizziness you talk to an expert physical therapist and follow all the guidelines given by your physical therapist and doesn’t skip any physical therapy session