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Six Things to Know to Prepare for Your Vestibular Therapy

by Brett Mills

The better informed you are about what vestibular therapy is and how it works, the more likely it is that this type of therapy will be successful. The following are six things to know to get ready for your vestibular therapy appointment and maximize the effectiveness of this treatment method. 

1. Vestibular therapy can provide treatment for conditions like dizziness, balance problems, vertigo, and chronic headaches.

Vestibular therapy can be recommended as the best treatment option for a wide variety of conditions. This type of therapy is a general type of balance rehabilitation. It is used to treat any condition impacting balance malfunctions. At the same time, vestibular therapy is also commonly used to treat conditions like recurrent migraines and vertigo. 

2. Vestibular therapy is typically a treatment program based on exercise.

You'll be expected to take part in various exercises as part of vestibular therapy. Exercises could involve only eye movements or full-body movements like repeatedly repositioning the body. Your doctor will explain the exercises required for your therapy plan.

3. You'll probably be expected to do exercise on your own at home as part of your therapy.

There is an in-office component of vestibular therapy treatment. However, there is also generally an at-home component of this type of treatment. This means that you'll be expected to set time aside at home to undergo therapy exercises independently. Being disciplined regarding at-home exercises will make the treatment you undergo more effective. 

4. Vestibular therapy may take time to show results.

As with most types of therapy, vestibular therapy is not likely to show immediate results. It's important to be patient when you're undergoing this type of therapy. It might take several weeks or even over a month before you start to show progress once vestibular therapy begins. 

5. You may need to arrange for a ride home from in-office treatments.

In-office vestibular therapy treatment might temporarily offset your sense of balance. This might make it hazardous for you to drive yourself home. Whether you require a ride home depends on the exact condition you're being treated for and your progress. However, it's important to be aware of the fact that you may need to arrange a ride home after in-office treatment. 

6. You'll be provided with an individualized treatment program for vestibular therapy.

Vestibular therapy is a personalized type of treatment for your balance or migraine problem. You should be given a unique treatment regime for the particular symptoms you present. The length and type of therapy you receive will depend on the severity and type of health issue you're struggling with.