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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular dysfunction produces a variety of symptoms including postural instability, visual blurring with head movement, and subjective dizziness/imbalance. These symptoms arise due to inadequate generation of vestibular reflexes such as the vestibulo-ocular reflex and the vestibulospinal reflex. Vestibular rehabilitation programs aim to alleviate the physical, functional, and emotional consequences of these deficits through a tailored exercise program. The exercises are designed to moderately provoke symptoms and induce sensory error messages that aim to speed up the recovery process and promote central compensation. This entry discusses the link between compensation and exercise programs; the vestibular rehabilitation process; types of exercises and progressions, including Canalith repositioning maneuvers (CRMs); and factors affecting outcomes.

The Link Between Compensation and Exercise Programs

Compensation is the overarching term used to describe the mechanisms ...

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