If you suffer from (vestibular) conditions such as Vertigo, dizziness, nausea, MdDS (Mal de Débarquement Syndrome, Vestibular Migrains, Meniere’s Disease and others, you may benefit from a type of physical therapy known as vestibular rehabilitation.
The interaction between the vestibular system, visual system and proprioceptive system and the brain is responsible for practically every function within your body. When this function is hindered, it can cause all sorts of problems.
And now, TurningPoint Medical Group is at the cutting edge in vestibular rehab. We have come up with an innovative and groundbreaking method of treating the various conditions involved with the vestibular system. Literally, we train the brain to heal itself. This new ground-breaking treatment is called HDVR™(High Definition Vestibular Rehabilitation).
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Read on to learn more about our unique, groundbreaking HDVR™ therapy and the vestibular rehabilitation services we offer right here, in Colorado Springs, CO:
TurningPoint’s HVDR™ Therapy: Game-Changing Vestibular Rehab
At TurningPoint Medical Group, we are excited to be the only medical providers in Colorado Springs to offer HDVR™ (High Definition Vestibular Rehabilitation).
The treatments and technology have produced amazing outcomes for patients suffering from any number of vestibular problems such as dizziness, PTSD, concussions, Alzheimer’s, Perkinson’s, and more. It’s literally been a game-changer in the physical therapy world.
Our HDVR™ Therapy works by using an automated multi-axle rotational chair (Gyrostim from Ultrathera) and professional cognitive motor training systems (SMART Fit) combined with proprioceptive exercises. Gyrostim is controlled through the use of a computer, to customize motion protocols and to ensure precision. (The chair) HDVR™ therapy combines stimulation of the vestibular system, proprioception and visual system, treating targeted areas of the brain, the vestibular nuclei in the brain stem. The activity in the vestibular nuclei stimulates the hippocampus of the brain which produces neuroplasticity, the brains amazing capacity to heal itself. You can think of it as hitting the reset button on the brain.
Please note that not all patients are a candidate for HDVR™ therapy. Also, HDVR™ therapy is just one piece of your overall rehabilitation plan and used in conjunction with other physical therapies. It’s important to consult with one of our trained medical professionals at TurningPoint to determine the best care plan care for you.
What Is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
The vestibular system involves the inner ear. Damage to the brain or vestibular system can lead to a wide variety of problems, including balance issues. The vestibular system also plays a role in the brain’s ability to heal itself. We also call this neuroplasticity. With vestibular rehabilitation (similar to brain rehabilitation), we use exercise-based therapy to stimulate the brain’s vestibular system to help alleviate both primary and secondary problems caused by damage to the brain and or vestibular system. You can think of it as basically physical therapy for the brain.
Types of Disorders Treated:
The following are several common medical conditions we can treat with vestibular rehabilitation:
- Concussion: The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention defines a concussion as a type of traumatic brain injury. It is often caused by a jolt, blow or bump to the head.
- Parkinson’s Disease: This is a neurodegrnerative disorder. It usually develops slowly over the course of several years. The Parkinson’s Foundation list balance and gait issues, limb rigidity, slowed movements and tremors as symptoms of the condition.
- ADHD: ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a chronic condition defined by the National Institute of Mental Health as a condition that causes the following symptom:
- Stroke: This scary medical condition is defined as a ‘brain attack’ by the National Stroke Association. It happens when the blood flow to the brain is cut off. On a yearly basis, around 800,000 people experience a stroke.
- Alzheimer’s Disease: The Alzheimer’s Association says Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a progressive disease. This means it slowly gets worse over time. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease include the following:
- Memory loss.
- Inability to keep up with conversation.
- Inability to respond correctly to the environment.
- Increased confusion.
- Autism: This disorder includes a range of conditions according to Autism Speaks. The following are a few of the challenges associated with autism:
- Repetitive behavior.
- Problems with social skills.
- Issues with nonverbal communication and speech.
- The American Psychiatric Association merged distinct diagnoses in 2013 under one diagnosis. It is now referred to as Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is made up of Asperger syndrome, pervasive developmental disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder and autistic disorder.
Additionally, we’ve used HDVR™ to enhance the athletic performance of elite athletes with notable results. This includes those competing in USA Boxing, USA Rugby, the NHL, NFL, MLB, UFC, and even the Olympics.
Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Replace Other Brain Treatments?
Vestibular rehabilitation is not a replacement for other brain treatments. On the contrary, we make great efforts to work closely with other medical professionals who are part of your coordinated care.
Additionally, we offer a full spectrum of medical services at TurningPoint Medical Group to complement your overall care.
Are Vestibular Conditions Ever Reversed?
Unfortunately, most damages to the vestibular system will likely remain damaged. But there are condition what can be completely reversed. Therapy works to create compensation. This is a way to teach the brain to use other senses to compensate for the damage done to the vestibular system. Compensation is sped up through vestibular rehabilitation. You might be one of the lucky people who experience natural compensation over time. However, even you can benefit from a quicker recovery with therapy.
How Effective Is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehab, especially with HDVR therapy, has proven to be highly effective. Of the (1,000s) thousands of patients we’ve treated using HDVR™ therapy, there isn’t one who hasn’t experienced some improvement in their condition.
One Parkinson’s patient who came into the session with a significant tremor is now able to hunt. Stroke patients have seen improvement, even years after their stroke. Patients with concussions are getting back on the playing field quicker. In general, vestibular rehabilitation is highly effective.
Please do be aware, though, that outcomes can vary for every patient. Always talk to a trained medical professional at TurningPoint Medical Group about realistic outcomes.
How Long Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Take?
Each case is different. Meaning some people see results after only therapy session. Others, require many sessions to get their desired result.
How Much Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Cost?
Vestibular rehab is considered physical therapy. This means it is often covered by health insurance. We accept nearly every major insurance.
When Should You Start Vestibular Rehabilitation?
In most cases, the sooner you can seek rehabilitation, the better. However, patients who had strokes even years prior have had good results with vestibular rehabilitation. When it comes to concussions, it’s best for them to seek therapy within 36 hours of their injury. When this happens, you can be back out on the field and cleared to practice within a week, depending on the severity of the concussion.
Get Help Today!
Call us today to learn more about our vestibular rehabilitation services right here in Colorado Springs, CO. Your initial consultation is free and treatments are covered by most insurances.