What is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system is a set of organs and the corresponding nerves located in each inner ear that communicate with the brain to identify how we are moving in relationship to the world around us. Each organ is small enough to sit on a dime, but when not working properly can cause devasting effects. Typically, patients with vestibular issues report dizziness/vertigo of varying intensity, nausea, headaches, difficulty focusing vision, and poor balance.
There are a number of treatable issues that can affect your vestibular system including:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)—otoconia (crystals) are displaced inducing intense dizziness and vertigo
- Vestibular Hypofunction (neuritis or labyrinthitis)—damage to the vestibular organ or nerve that effects the signal transmission to the brain
- Meniere’s Disease
- Visual Vertigo
- Headaches and Migraines
- Balance Disorders
Vestibular therapy works to correct any dysfunctions in the inner ear through a series of positional maneuvers, gaze stabilization exercises, habituation activity, and balance exercises. At Hastings Physical Therapy we are able to perform an evaluation and treatment at a one-to-one level so that each symptom is identified and properly treated.