Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Overview
Statistics show that over 90 million Americans ages 17 and older have experienced dizziness or have balance problems. Affecting about 30 percent of people over 65, imbalance is a common symptom of the elderly and a leading cause of falls.
Seventy percent of patients who have complaints of dizziness are prescribed Meclizine (Antivert). One of the drug’s side effects is reduced reaction time, which can lead to falls. Meclizine and other medications that treat dizziness and disequilibrium symptoms actually hinder the natural vestibular compensation process.
Compared to medical therapy and general exercise for patients with chronic balance problems, reports indicate that only vestibular rehabilitation has shown to improve balance function and performance. (www.blance-plus.com).
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)?
Vestibular rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. It addresses balance, dizziness and overall fitness. We use various VRT exercise protocol targets to compensate for and adapt to the nervous system’s response to these deficits.