Programmatic Vestibular Rehabilitation

Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1995 Jan;112(1):173-82. Related Articles, Links

Shepard NT, Telian SA.

Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 48109-0816.

Although the use of vestibular exercises for patients with persistent vertigo and dysequilibrium has received some attention for many years, organized vestibular rehabilitation therapy programs have only recently been introduced. The benefits of such programs are becoming widely accepted. They typically involve a three-pronged approach: habituation exercises designed to facilitate central nervous system compensation by extinguishing pathologic responses to head motion, postural control exercises, and general conditioning activities. This article will describe the programmatic approach to vestibular rehabilitation, emphasizing selection criteria and reviewing results that may be anticipated when this treatment modality is used in a variety of patient populations.

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PMID: 7816453 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]