What is the vestibular system?

The vestibular system is made up of a complex connection of the brain, inner ear receptors, vision system, and sensory receptors in specific areas of the body, including the ankles, knees, and hips. Visual information and information from the inner ear and the body’s receptors are gathered and processed by the brain. When a disease or injury damages any of these processing centers or connections in between them, vestibular disorders occur.

Vestibular disorders may manifest in several ways, including experiencing dizziness or a spinning sensation (vertigo); getting nauseous or vomiting with head or body movement; motion sickness or sensitivity to light; ear pain, ringing in ear or a sensation of fullness in your ears; poor depth perception or loss of balance; headaches; blurred vision.

Vestibular physical therapy is a great drug-free way to resolve some of these symptoms even for people who have been suffering for years. Some examples of vestibular disorders physical therapy can treat include:

  • Motion sickness
  • Poor balance
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
  • Vestibular migraines
  • And much more

At Zona Physical Therapy, we offer one-on-one, one-hour sessions throughout your vestibular therapy.

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