Neurological And Vestibular Therapy
Many chronic neurological conditions affect, and are affected by, brain performance. Improving brain function in neurological and vestibular rehabilitation requires ongoing opportunities for training and conditioning. NeuraPerformance offers a combination of four powerful options.
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
The body is capable of healing itself to a great extent, and it’s even better at accomplishing full health when it’s given the proper “ingredients” to use. For example, oxygen is an essential nutrient the body needs to heal damaged cells and tissues. However, our bodies have a hard time finding the oxygen naturally because the air we breathe is extremely polluted.
HBOT is a therapy that exposes a person to three times as much oxygen as what is present in the air we breathe. This helps the cells in our bodies get the oxygen they need to function as intended. When a cell can function correctly, the body works better overall.
As a whole, HBOT heals neurological and vestibular disorders because it promotes natural healing over a long period of time. When HBOT is used regularly, we’ve seen significant improvements in recovering hearing loss, as well as healing from vertigo and tinnitus.
A modern rehab therapy for vestibular disorders is neurofeedback training. This type of therapy involves wearing a special cap that helps track brain waves, paths, and patterns to give immediate feedback for self-regulation of brain function. Also known as biofeedback therapy, neurofeedback stimulates the brain and tracks progress as the user goes through a variety of vestibular exercises in order to better train the brain in healthy ways. For example, neurofeedback helps patients with vertigo by helping recognize signs of vertigo onset and practicing activities that can help alleviate symptoms faster.
The GyroStim is a unique form of vestibular therapy. What seems like a therapy that would cause dizziness and other common symptoms of vestibular disorders, GyroStim actually helps treat them instead.
Users are placed on a computer-controlled multi-axis chair. You are then spun around the pitch axis (like somersaults) and the yaw axis (like office chair spins) while you try to hit targets with a laser as they come in and out of your vision.
GyroStim helps improve neuroplasticity, which is how the brain reorganizes itself over time. In relation to vestibular problems, GyroStim helps you focus through the spinning to hit your targets, which helps your brain create strong pathways through the dizziness to land on the target. After enough training, the brain will use these stronger pathways naturally and alleviate the symptoms of the vestibular disorder.
The Dynavision D2, commonly known around the clinic as D2, is a therapy that helps users in a similar way as the GyroStim. D2 therapy uses a standing board with 64 light switches that light up and beep when touched. The goal is to hit the buttons as soon as the lights appear, which tests reaction time and peripheral vision. This helps the brain improve neuroplasticity.
Connect with NeuraPerformance to learn more about how these four core therapies can help treat vestibular disorders.