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Vertigo Balance Excercises

Vestibular Adaptation Excercises are a set of excercises designed for rehabilitation of a wide range of balance disorders.

They improve the functional deficits and subjective symptoms of Vertigo.

The goal of these excercises is to alleviate vertigo by enhancing vestibular (inner ear)function and promoting central(brain) adaptation and compensation.

It will improve your balance, minimize falls, decrease subjective sensation of dizziness, increase stability while moving, lessen the anxiety caused by postural disorientation, improve coordination between body parts

The following excercises should be done preferably with another person with you .there should be nothing in the room that will trip you over.

There should be enough light in the place of exercise for visual adaptation.Light music can help you relax further. The excercises should be performed about half hour after a light snack, not after a heavy meal.

You should aim to spend about half hour a day performimg these excercises. It is logical to split them into a group of 15 minutes each session.

It is important to spend full 15 minutes during the session without hurrying up trying to finish the complete set of excercises.For the second set , start from the beginning and not from where you finished the first set of excercises.

As you become fluent with excercises and confident of your balance while excercising you will do more and more excercises in the same time. If you have more time available at your disposal, you can spend upto half hour per session.

The more time and effort you put in, the quicker you will see the improvement.

You will experience that some of the excercises make you dizzy and sick. Don't worry, they are meant to, that is how they work. By working through the vertigo you training the brain to compensate for the faulty signal from the defective inner ear.

You may concentrate and spend more time on the excercises that you find difficult to perform, but don't overdo it to the extent that you vomit.

You don't need to go to the gym for any of the eye, head, sitting or standing excercises, but you may prefer to do so for those involving moving about.

The excercises should be continued for a minimum period of 3 months , preferably for atleast 6 months. In certain situations , you may need to make them a part of your lifestyle.

You will achieve a control of your vertigo just like you maintain a control and not a cure of Asthma, high Blood Pressure or Diabetes if you are regular with the excercises.

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