My So Called Dizzy Life

My Chronicles of Vertigo, Nystagmus, Imbalance & Dizziness

Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Week 8

on August 22, 2012

August 13th was the beginning of my eighth week of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.

August 13th was also my second week back at work.  I progressed to working for 5 hours per day this week.  All of my exercises were challenging because my body was so tired and I just didn’t have lots of energy left over after work.

In my eighth week, I continued to keep a journal of all my vestibular rehabilitation therapy exercises. I recorded if I encountered any exercises that were too easy or too hard and I recorded every time I performed the exercises.

Exercise 1: Perform the following exercise outside on the grass.  Stand with one foot forward, bring my front foot closer to midline, keep my arms at my sides, close my eyes and hold my balance for 10 seconds.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 2: While standing with my feet together, I will hold the card with the word CAT written on it out in front of me. I turn my head from side to side, while keeping  eyes on the word CAT. I will continue for a duration of 10-15 seconds.  Progress to standing with one foot forward.  If CAT card becomes blurry, or I lose focus, or I get too dizzy because I am turning my head too fast or turning it too far to the left or right, I should slow down and not turn my head as far. I do this exercise and then stop & rest to let the dizziness settle. I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 3Perform the following exercises outside on the grass.  Practice walking and nodding my head up & down every couple of steps.  I walk up and down the yard about 5 times (10 passes total; each pass is about 50 feet).

Exercise 4: Perform the following exercises outside on the grass.  Practice walking and turning my head from side to side every couple of steps.  I walk up and down the yard about 5 times (10 passes total; each pass is about 50 feet).

Exercise 5: While sitting, turn my head over my left shoulder and then my right shoulder.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 6: Practice turning with 180 degree (Half) Turns.  While standing, turn quickly to one direction.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  Then turn back the other direction.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I should turn fast enough so that it makes me a little dizzy, but not too dizzy.  I repeat this 5 times.

Exercise 7:  Practice turning with 180 degree (Half) Turns While Walking. While walking down a hall, turn quickly to one direction. Rest to let any dizziness settle. Then walk and turn back the other direction.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I should turn fast enough so that it makes me a little dizzy, but not too dizzy.  I repeat this 5 times.

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