The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. The vestibular organs monitor the head’s position and movement (related to gravity) and send symmetrical impulses to the brain to help keep the body stable when standing.
Vestibular disorders can result from disease or injury to the processing areas of the vestibular system. Vestibular rehabilitation is one of the first line of defense to address imbalance issues and reduce their symptoms.
Vestibular disorders can wreak havoc on all aspects of quality of life and daily living and engender emotional distress, anxiety, and depression. People may purposefully avoid social gatherings and adopt a more sedentary lifestyle leading to loss of muscle strength, flexibility, joint pain, and reduced overall energy level.