Most people have never heard of the vestibular system even though it’s the most important system in your body for controlling balance.
It consists of part of your inner ear which detects head position and movement as well as other parts of our brain that communicate together to tell our body where we are in space.
Even your vision and auditory system (ear), and facial muscles all make up your vestibular system.
The vestibular system is critical for controlling balance, posture and movement when walking.
The problem is when your brain is not receiving the correct information from the vestibular system it throws off your balance and ability to hold your posture.
Then your body will start to compensate by increased hip swaying to maintain balance.
This is when the patient has to move their entire body just to look at something instead of turning their head.
Which can cause stiffness in the muscles, constant fatigue, neck pains, headaches, and body aches.
That’s where Vestibular rehabilitation can help.
It’s a specialized form of therapy to help relieve the symptoms caused by vestibular disorders. This therapy helps your brain compensate for disorienting signals coming from the vestibular system by relying on other signals from other systems in your body to maintain balance.
It’s done by using specific vrt exercises to help your brain relearn to recognize the correct signals from other systems of your body.
Does vestibular rehabilitation work?
In fact, 39 studies involving 2442 patients with vestibular problems experienced significant relief from their vestibular symptoms after VRT therapy.