Top 10 Vestibular Exercises And Their Benefits January 4, 2014

It’s difficult when the coordination in your movements doesn’t match your body and vice versa. Vestibular disorder causes a deficiency in the eyes and inner-ear coordination which in short, prevents one’s brain from functioning in the right manner. What is needed the most is concentration and will power to make things right.

The vestibular rehabilitation exercises regime benefits a victim in the best possible way by improving the way his or her ears can react to movements:

  • Head eye coordination exercises help the eye-ear reflexes to work in a well coordinated manner.
  • Stimulates the balance part of the ear
  • Helps in reducing unsteadiness and imbalance, by utilizing your vision, sensory system and postural system more effectively.
  • Continually repeating the actions accustom the body to those actions.

Vestibular Exercises

These are few key benefits of following the vestibular exercise regime. The main motive is to help the mind set a balance and make it less dependent on ears while making it more dependent on stimulation.

1. Focusing with head turns:

This activity helps you to stabilize your gaze with quick and short head movements. The picture is 3D, where one must focus on the centre formation of the girl and swing the head 30 degrees on the left and right. Make the movement quicker and avoid getting your focus out of the girl to avoid blurring.

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2. Horizontal and diagonal head movements:

This exercise helps one to have a quick gaze and yet, not feel dizzy. This will help the person to get accustomed to the frequent head movements one makes while they are stable in one motion. It’s very simple and practical wherein the patient must set 3 targets in various directions and step by step move the head in those directions using only the neck and make it more frequent to see the vertigo level.

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3. Ankle Sways:

The above activity is all about maintaining good balance on one’s toes and feet. Standing straight on your toes and heels, move forward and backward like a see saw to attain motion. This activates your sensory organs and helps you attain level of balance and maintains the co-ordination between the brain, eyes and body.

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4. Ball Diagonals:

Ball Diagonals need a prop; it can be a ball as shown in the representation or a pillow, as long as you can lift it. The activity strengthens the eye-ear reflex, and helps you to move your body and maintain an equal balance. Sitting helps in the betterment of focus.

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5. Gait with a focal point:

Focal length is the center of attention here. What one needs to do is test his or her concentration and hit the target. In this exercise, you walk towards the targeted focal length and check for an obstacle every 15 to 20 seconds to avoid tripping. You utilize visual information while walking to prevent staggering or loss of balance.

6. Gait with head turns:

Walking while searching for items at a mall may be difficult for the ones suffering with vestibular disorders and hence, this exercise acts as a boon to them. One needs to just walk with a set target and while doing so, should keep looking left and right to fetch a new target each time. This builds the eyes and ear coordination with pure stimulation.

7. Balance Retaining Exercise:

A patient suffering with vestibular disorder may find the world to be diagonal, while they go standstill in their motion. This balance retaining exercise gives the diagonal world a parallel motion like others and awakens one’s sensory information to be sharper.

8. Canal Repositioning Manoeuvres:

The affected must try canal repositioning maneuvres, as the therapist will help the patient reposition the debris within the affected canal.

9. Substitution by other eye movement program:

The program is all about substituting the eye sight with pure stimulation of the motion around. Also while reading books, the images mentioned are asked to be focused on, to check for blur and sharpness.

10. Enhancing postural stability:

To enhance one’s coordination with brain, the posture of the body needs to be right. Tai Chi has proven its worth to enhance this stability in posture, and help the patient in correctly coordinating with the brain.

Hope you liked this article on vestibular balance exercises. Have you ever tried these exercises? Share your feedback with us.

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  • Aswani

    Nice article khushboo thanks for the tips

  • Laasya

    nice share khushboo

  • Manya

    Very useful i’ll try them

  • shirisha

    thanks for the article

  • Sharmila

    Nice article very informative thanks for sharing