RIM’s vestibular rehabilitation program is designed to improve balance, minimize falls and decrease dizziness. The vestibular system controls balance and movement, sends signals that control eye movements and keeps the body upright.
Vestibular rehabilitation is used for balance problems usually associated with dizziness or vertigo. The goal is to restore normal function of the vestibular system.
People with vertigo incorrectly experience the perception of motion due to dysfunction of the vestibular system. It is a specific type of dizziness, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting as well as difficulties standing or walking. There are three types of vertigo.
- Objective: The patient feels that objects in the environment are moving
- Subjective: The patient feels as if he or she is moving
- Pseudovertigo: The patient feels an intensive sensation of rotation inside his or her head
Balance retraining is used for those who are unsteady or have a loss of balance but don't have dizziness. This type of therapy emphasizes practical solutions to common problems, such as walking on uneven surfaces. The goal is to prevent falls and improve coordination.
RIM's vestibular rehabilitation program is available at the following locations: