Balance Testing and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Our sense of equilibrium comes from the brain receiving, and accurately interpreting, information from vision, proprioception and the vestibular system. The vestibular system includes the vestibular labyrinth in the inner ear, which senses our head movement/ position, the vestibular nerve from the ear to the brain, and the vestibular connections within the brain.

Vestibular disorders can come from pathologies in any area of this complex system. They can be insidious or due to factors such as trauma (motor vehicle accidents, falls, contact sports, blows to the head), infections, aging, medications, brain-related problems, or secondary to other diseases or injuries. Symptoms can include dizziness, imbalance, blurry vision, motion sensitivity, nausea, poor concentration, muscle guarding/restrictionof movement, decreased activity levels or social interaction, anxiety and depression. Our Posturography System analyzes the three sensory inputs of balance (vision, proprioception and vestibular system) with the Sensory organization test. It evaluates complete and objective postural diagnoses for comparison with normative data. It also allows for customizable stimulations and innovative analysis.

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a proven, research-based branch of physiotherapy where specific individualized exercises are used to maximize the brain’s compensation for vestibular pathology, or where maneuvers are done, to correct mechanical dysfunctions in the vestibular apparatus.

The Advanced Hearing Group of Clinics and LifeMark’s vestibular assessment is extensive and includes infrared video-analysis of eye movements, which provides information about the inner ear and its connections in the brain. Treatment can involve a combination of static and dynamic balance retraining, gaze stabilization, training for motion sensitivity, and canalith repositioning maneuvers. The results are often dramatic. The balance retraining component is also effective for clients who don’t necessarily have a vestibular problem, but have orthopedic or central disorders, proprioceptive problems, or vision changes affecting their equilibrium. LifeMark is actively involved in research, and is committed to utilizing the most current, evidence-based tests and techniques in its training and treatment programs.