Vestibular disorders are those of the ear, such as vertigo or Meniere's disease. While exercises to help with vestibular therapy do not necessarily heal the vestibular disorder itself, they do help the person to cope with the feelings of dizziness and help the brain re-achieve balance as quickly as possible.
Begin by slowly looking up, then down. Repeat 20 times, increasing speed. Then do the same exercises, but instead hold a finger out then bring the finger back towards you.
Bend the head forward slowly, then tilt the head back with your eyes open (repeat 20 times). Then, turn head from side to side; start slowly, then turn more quickly. When your dizziness is more controlled, try this with closed eyes.
Sit up straight and shrug the shoulders up and down. Then, twist the shoulders right to left 20 times. Drop an object (such as a pencil) on the ground, then pick it up. Repeat 20 times.
Stand up, then sit down at least 20 times, first with the eyes open, then with the eyes closed.
Some activities, such as bowling, may be a good type of exercise for vestibular disorders. Because bowling requires a person to stand up, then lean down, the change in state is good to help with dizziness. Another option is playing golf, which requires a person to bend down and pick up a golf ball. Racquetball and ping-pong, which require hand-eye coordination also are excellent exercises.
Exercises to Boost Balance
In addition to helping train the body to adjust to changes in levels, it's also a good idea to help the body achieve the best balance possible. Activities such as yoga, tai chi, and martial arts all emphasize balance while strengthening the core muscles, which are essential to proper balance.
These three types of exercises combined are very beneficial for those suffering from vestibular disorders. The exercises may be performed on a daily basis, while balance and recreational activities should be performed at least once a week.
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