What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
When the vestibular organs are damaged by injury or illness, the brain is unable to rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, and many other symptoms. This can impair an individual’s ability to maintain posture and coordinate balance.
You may become overly dependent on your vision and specialized nerves in the muscles and joints called proprioceptors. In addition, you may develop new patterns of head and body movement in an attempt to avoid dizziness and nausea. Examples of this include a person with a vestibular disorder that may adopt an exaggerated hip sway as a method of balancing, turning the entire body instead of their head when turning to look at something, or always looking down at the floor to avoid a confusing swirl of activity. Unfortunately, these strategies can lead to worsening symptoms and often cause headache, muscle tension, and fatigue.
What is the Goal of Vestibular Rehabilitation?
The goal of a vestibular rehabilitation program is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms. We work with vestibular rehabilitation programs that use state-of-the-art technology not utilized in any other vestibular rehabilitation facility in the world.
What Type of Equipment is Used in Our Vestibular Rehabilitation Programs?
The Force Dynamics 301
The Force Dynamics 301 is a cutting-edge driving simulation device that we use to create visual-vestibular rehabilitation exercises that helps to improve the communication between the brain, eyes, and inner ears. By using rapidly changing visual stimulus and creating multiple unpredictable head movements through ultra-realistic motion simulation, the Force Dynamics 301 allows us to aggressively train vestibular pathways in a safe and controllable setting. Using these devices could help to break through the plateau that can be seen with conventional vestibular rehabilitation and speed along the recovery process.
Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill
By integrating visual-vestibular stabilization exercises with the Alter-G Anti-Gravity Treadmill you will be able to push your limits in a safe and stabilized environment with an emphasis on correcting any movement patterns that may have degenerated as a result of your vestibular condition.
The Spine Force is a unique piece of equipment that allows patients to integrate muslce reinforcement, practice balance, and establish proprioception. With the use of an oscillating platform and handles for safety, the Spine Force machine will allow patients to engage their entire body without force. This machine was designed to reinforce spinal muscultare of the vertebral column and help to restore balance.