Vestibular therapy is a form of rehabilitation that helps to stabilize a patient’s gaze, posture, balance and gait. Often times, these exercises will include combinations of head and body movement in concert with eye exercises. Stable gaze, posture, balance and gait are so vital to our everyday function that many types of injuries, conditions and disease processes can benefit from vestibular therapy.
The goal of Vestibular therapy and Brain Based Therapies is to try to optimize the neurological pathways in your brain and spinal cord through neuroplasticity, so that you can function at the highest level for your particular condition. Different modalities including; eye exercises, vestibular therapy, sensory stimulation, electrical stimulation, visual and auditory stimulation, and cognitive exercises can be used to stimulate under functioning areas of the brain or inhibit over functioning areas of the brain.
Depending on your condition, a combination of specific eye exercises (saccades, pursuits, Optokinetic and gaze stabilization) may be used to help restore and repair brain function that was compromised due to injury or degeneration. Changes in eye motions are seen in many brain injuries and neurodegenerative diseases.