Do you suffer from Dizziness, Vertigo, Tinnitus, Light headedness, low blood pressure when standing up, or Post-Concussion symptoms?
This form of functional neurological rehabilitation is specifically designed to target the various parts of the vestibular system (inner ear, cerebellum), which are at the root of conditions affecting balance and coordination. This type of therapy may include balance board and various forms of stability work, complex patterned movements of the extremities, therapeutic spinning, other rotational forms of movement, positional maneuvers and eye exercises.
Vestibular pathways must fire into all brain structures so that we can constantly know where we are in space. Since the vestibular system much send information to many brain structures it can be used to rehabilitate neurological conditions that seem unrelated to balance and vestibular function. The vestibular system detects motion of the head in space and in turn generates reflexes that are crucial for our daily activities, such as stabilizing the visual axis (gaze) and maintaining head and body posture. In addition, the vestibular system provides us with our subjective sense of movement and orientation in space. Higher Cortical processing of vestibular input is important for generating appropriate motor response and provides us with our subjective sense of where our body is in relation to where our environment is and how to produce movement accurately which is apart of our every day life.
Complex Movement Exercises
This type of therapy requires activation of the motor regions of the brain and is specifically performed on the side which activates the area that is deficient, or dampens the area which is over-activated. They may include copying movements, mirror therapy, throwing/catching a ball, kicking/stopping a ball, pointing/tracing therapy. While these may seem like trivial movements to some, in a brain/body that has a functional deficit they are in fact very powerful forms of rehabilitation, as the specific movements have particular areas of the brain which they target.