What are the goals of vestibular rehabilitation for dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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In essence, vestibular rehabilitation aims to minimize and ultimately eliminate the central vestibular asymmetry underlying persistent symptoms of imbalance and unsteadiness. It is different from traditional physical therapy of gait and balance disorders arising from biomechanical or central movement disorders such as Parkinson disease or multiple sclerosis. Vestibular rehabilitation can be performed by patients at home using tailored exercises that focus on challenging the main vestibular reflexes (VOR, VSR) and visual interaction with both reflexes.


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