Originally Posted by luisita
I have started my VRTs with a trained therapist at my local hospital. Just to update you I am constantly dizzy, right hand side ear damage and hearing loss.
The therapist had started me off on simple balance exercises such as standing feet together eyes shut for 1 minute. Balance on one leg eyes shut, stand on one leg eyes open and look around. I also do cawthorne cookseys. She said carry on with the cawthorne cookseys but do the balance ones more cos they will make you better/improve. I have been doing them a few days but now i can't work out how just by doing these basic ones will make me improve, for instance i am having a really dizzy day today and when i shut my eyes i am all over the place. Shouldn't i be curing the basic dizziness before balance or not? Has anyone any ideas I don't really want to phone my therapist up.
You are dizzy because your balance system is damaged, they are not separate issues, they are 100% connected. By doing vrt you should find that as your balance improves the dizziness will lessen You are being started on simple ones because the process is about taking baby steps and then stressing the vestibular system with more challenging ones. Your brain cannot learn to compensate for the damage if it is not exposed to movement, that's why all the advice for vestibular damage is to keep as active as possible, vrt is just a very precise way of getting you to move in ways that give the damaged bits something to think about. So even if you feel dizzy you must keep going with the exercises. It is slow, hard work but you just have to stick at it. It has taken me about 15 months but the last test showed my balance is now within normal range and I am not dizzy at all, I just have some gaze stabilization issues to work on. But I still do the balance exercises, I have just done 15 minutes this morning just as a kind of insurance.
hope you feel a bit better soon