The following journal articles represent a good overview of the benefits and methodology of vestibular rehabilitation. These are articles that are used my medical professionals and physical therapists to assist in educating on the topic of balance and vestibular therapy.
Are there any great Reviews of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system?
Physiology of the Vestibular System: This is an excellent review of the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular and balance system written by John A. Rutka, MD.
What is vestibular rehabilitation and how does it help patients with dizziness?
Vestibular Rehabilitation for the Dizzy Patient: A customized vestibular rehabilitation program is necessary for the treatment of dizziness. The patient often needs motion and movement to resolve the symptoms. This article is an excellent review of the therapy techniques needed to treat these unique patients.
Efficacy of Vestibular Rehabilaition Therapy in Reducing Falls: Vestibular therapy play an important preventive role in reducing falls in at-risk elderly patients, with beneifical effects at termination of therapy.
How do you evaluate and treat patients with vertigo and dizziness?
Treatment of Vertigo: Vertigo is the illusion of motion, usually rotational motion. As patients age, vertigo becomes an increasingly common presenting complaint. The most common causes of this condition are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, acute vestibular neuronitis or labyrinthitis, Ménière’s disease, migraine, and anxiety disorders. Less common causes include vertebrobasilar ischemia and retro-cochlear tumors. The distinction between peripheral and central vertigo usually can be made clinically and guides management decisions.