Do you get dizzy when you bend down to do the laundry, close your eyes in the shower, roll over in bed, do a quick shoulder check, or even just when you’re standing still?
If you’ve experienced this type of dizziness or vertigo, you could have a vestibular disorder. Your first course of action should always be to see a doctor and make sure it’s not a sign of something more serious.
After being checked by your doctor, you may want to look into vestibular rehabilitation treatment options in order to start moving again before your symptoms start impacting your quality of life.
What is the vestibular system?
Before you can understand your vestibular disorder and your treatment options, it’s helpful to start with breaking down what the vestibular system is and what it does when it’s functioning properly.
The vestibular system includes an apparatus of your inner ear, which helps you keep your balance and sense of where you are in space with all activities of daily life. Located deep inside the temporal bone of your skull, it is made up of semicircular canals, otolith organs and nerves that connect to parts of the brain. The various structures within the vestibular apparatus provide your brain with information about motion, equilibrium and spatial orientation. It also directs the reflexes going to your body, neck and eyes that help you maintain balance and clear vision while you’re moving.