Vertigo: Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises

What are vestibular rehabilitation exercises?

Once the short-term (acute) symptoms of a balance disorder have subsided, vestibular rehabilitation exercises) can be particularly helpful. The goal of this rehabilitation is to help the patient adjust (accommodate) to the balance problem so as to diminish recurrent symptoms.

The following is a list of vestibular exercises that may be helpful.

1. Seated or in bed

  • Eye movements: move the eyes slowly at first, then quickly up and down, side to side, and diagonally. Focus on your finger as you move it from 1 foot to 3 feet away from the face.
  • Head movements: move the head slowly at first, then quickly, with eyes open, bending forward and backward, turning from side to side, tilting from side to side, and moving diagonally. Repeat with the eyes closed.

 

2. Standing

Repeat section 1 exercise while standing.

  • Change from a sitting to a standing position, first with eyes open, and then with the eyes closed.
  • Throw a ball from hand to hand above eye level.
  • Throw a ball from hand to hand under the knees.
  • Change from sitting to standing, turning first to one side and then to the other.

 

3. Moving about

  • Walk across the room with eyes open, and then with eyes closed.
  • Walk up and down a slope with eyes open, and then with eyes closed.
  • Walk up and down steps with eyes open, and then with eyes closed.
  • Sit up and lie down in bed
  • Sit down in a chair, then stand up
  • Recover balance when pushed in a specific direction.
  • Throw and catch a ball

 

Engage in any game involving stooping or stretching and aiming, such as bowling, volleyball, or shuffleboard.


4. Exercises for Positioning Dizziness

  • Sit on the side of the bed.
  • Lay down with your bad ear down.
  • Stare at distant objects until dizziness goes away.
  • Dizziness resolves in usually less than 1 minute if you remain stationary and continue to stare.
  • Sit up and stare at the same object.
  • If "dizzy," it will resolve in about the same time.
  • Repeat the exercise at least 3-5 times unless dizziness gets worse.
  • Do this 2 times per day (AM and PM).

 

I hope you all find this helpful, and remember “dizziness and vertigo” is the classic sign of NEUROLOGIC DYSFUNCTION, make sure your ATLAS IS IN ADJUSTMENT to minimize and prevent Vertigo.