My So Called Dizzy Life

My Chronicles of Vertigo, Nystagmus, Imbalance & Dizziness

Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Week 14

on September 30, 2012

September 24th was my fourteenth week of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.

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.  I also continued with my physical therapist’s suggestion that I rotate in the Wii Fit every 3rd day into my therapy (so two days of vestibular rehabilitation therapy, then a day of Wii Fit).

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Exercises

Because of my ongoing fatigue, I still didn’t *have* to complete every exercise.  Instead, I chose 4 or 5 exercises to do each VRT day, rather than doing them all.  Having that option was a relief and took some of the pressure off of me.

Exercise 1: Perform the following exercise outside on the grassTurning in place exercise: Standing on grass, leading with head, turn quickly making quarter turns towards my right.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.  My Physical Therapist suggested that I perform this exercise every day.  I noted in my journal that this exercise could get a little dizzying.

Exercise 2: Perform the following exercise outside on the grassGaze Fixation with Compensatory Strategy:  Keep eyes on a stationary target, at eye level, while walking toward it.  While walking, nod 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).   My Physical Therapist suggested that I perform this exercise every day.   I noted in my journal that this exercise was ok.

Exercise 3Perform the following exercise outside on the grassGaze Fixation with Compensatory Strategy: Keep eyes on a stationary target, at eye level, while walking toward it.  While walking, turn 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).   My Physical Therapist suggested that I perform this exercise every day.  I noted in my journal that this exercise was ok.

For Exercises 4-6, my Physical Therapist suggested that I pick & choose one or two to perform each VRT day.

Exercise 4: Walking in a Spiral: Walk initially making a large circle toward the right and then progressively decreasing size to a smaller circle.   Perform this exercise while trying to focus on targets.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.  I performed this exercise outside on the grass because that’s where there was space.  I noted in my journal that this exercise was a little dizzying. 

Exercise 5: Figure Eight exercise: Walk, making a large figure eight pattern.  Perform this exercise while trying to focus on targets.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 5 times.  I performed this exercise outside on the grass because that’s where there was space.  I noted in my journal that this exercise was a little dizzying.

Exercise 6Forward Progression with 360 degree (Full) Turns: On solid ground, walk making a slow full turn in place, leading with head and eyes, toward the right every 4-6 steps while continuing on a straight path forward between turns.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I perform this exercise walking up & down a long hall 10 times.  I noted in my journal that this exercise always made me feel dizzy.

Wii Fit Therapy Exercises

As bad luck would have it, our Wii actually died this week.  I lost all of my saved data (boo!)  Erik went out and got us a used one so I could continue my exercises (yup, he’s wonderful).  Erik also got me Wii Fit Plus, which has more games and is way cooler than the regular Wii Fit.  Wii Fit Plus actually tracks the calories that you burn for each game, which I thought was neat.

Depending on the day, I did different games.  I always made sure that I played some Balance Games; my favorites are still the Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, and Table Tilt.   I continued to play Yoga Games, like Deep Breathing, Half-Moon, Warrior, & Sun Salutation.  And I also played Strength Training games like Torso Twist and Single Leg Extensions.  This week I did a couple of the Aerobics games: Free Step & Hula Hoop.  I also played some new Balance games like Balance Bubble and Penguin Slide.

The longest I played the Wii was for 50 “wii” minutes, although depending on the day I did as little as 10 “wii” minutes.  It just depended on my energy level that day.  This is such a neat way to do vestibular rehabilitation therapy!

This week I also used the X-Box Kinect, which allows you to play games with no controller and it “senses” your movements.  Erik got me Deepak Chopra’s Leela, which is a game that combines movement, balance, and meditation.  It was actually pretty neat, although the exercises involved probably aren’t right for vestibular rehabilitation therapy.  But it is a great game to play to help you relax and unwind.

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2 responses to “Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Week 14

  1. Marissa says:

    It feels good to know I am not alone on this VRT journey!
    I wonder if they will ever offer me a chance to use the Wii? Keep pushing.

    Much love,
    Marissa

  2. Emily says:

    Hi Marissa! 🙂
    You should ask about the Wii. It is definately more entertaining walking in a circle! 😉

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