Vestibular Rehabilitation – For Balance and Dizziness
Dizziness and falling are two of the most seriously debilitating issues in the older population for sure; but dizziness can impact your life at any age.
At Generation Care, we have a team of therapists who specialize in vestibular and balance rehabilitation. There are many causes of dizziness and imbalance. Our therapists will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the specific source of your problem.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise approach to decrease dizziness symptoms associated with vertigo and other causes of dizziness. Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of treatment involving specific exercise designed to (1) decrease dizziness; (2) increase balance function; (3) increase general activity levels. The exercise program is designed to promote central nervous system compensation for the inner ear deficit.
At Generation Care, we use Frenzel lenses, which are specialized goggles connected to a computer screen. These goggles help us to identify specifically which ear is involved in causing the dizziness. Sometimes, one treatment is all that is needed to completely clear your dizziness.
Dizziness can also be caused by other conditions such as an inner ear infection, migraine, Meniere’s disease, head injury or stroke, to name a few. Our therapists are well trained at differential diagnosis and we will work closely with your doctor to determine the source of your dizziness. Following the assessment, the therapist will work with you to establish a plan of care which may include exercises combining eye and head movements to retrain the brain quickly and challenging balance and walking exercises.
Generation Care therapists also specialize in treating balance impairments. An individualized balance exercise program and treatment can result in a significant improvement in your balance and reduce falls.
Generation Care has been a part of a 4-year Michigan Public Health Initiative research program, demonstrating the short and long-term effects of fall prevention interventions with older adults.
Follow this link to the Vestibular Disorders Association for more information about dizziness. This site has extensive information about the cause of dizziness, how the balance system works, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and types of vestibular disorders.