My So Called Dizzy Life

My Chronicles of Vertigo, Nystagmus, Imbalance & Dizziness

Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Week 15

on October 7, 2012

October 1st was my fifteenth 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.

My Physical Therapist and I discussed how the exercises had gone the past two weeks; he added in some elements to my exercises to challenge me some more.  I also continued with his 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

I initially planned on performing the first 6 exercises 5 times each.  My body quickly let me know that wasn’t cool.  These exercises were tougher and definitely made me more dizzy, so I scaled it back to 2 times each.

Exercise 1: 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 staring at my feet.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying. 

Exercise 2: 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 turning my head from side to side every couple of steps. Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying.

Exercise 3: 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 nodding my head up & down every couple of steps. Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying.

Exercise 4 Figure Eight exercise: Walk, making a large figure eight pattern.  Perform this exercise while staring at my feet. Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying.

Exercise 5: Figure Eight exercise: Walk, making a large figure eight pattern.  Perform this exercise while turning my head from side to side every couple of steps.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying.

Exercise 6: Figure Eight exercise: Walk, making a large figure eight pattern.  Perform this exercise while nodding my head up & down every couple of steps.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 2 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 dizzying.

Exercise 7Forward 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

I started each Wii Fit session by performing a “Body Test,” where the board calculates your weight and then gives you 2 games to test your balance.  This test is what determines your “Wii Fit Age.”  My best Wii Fit age was 25, my worst was 41.

Depending on the day, I played different games.  I always made sure that I played some Balance Game, like Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, Table Tilt, Balance Bubble and Penguin Slide.  This week I played some new Balance Games.  The first was Snowboard Slalom.  This game required me to turn the Wii board sideways.  Snowboarding down a hill was dizzying enough, but being on the Wii board and facing the tv sideways was icky.  I also played Lotus Flower, where you have to sit on the Wii board and try to stay as still as possible while focusing on a candle.  Ok, that wasn’t bad until the candle started moving and swaying on the tv.  I had to ask Erik if I was having vertigo!  A horrible exercise for a dizzy!

I continued to play Yoga Games, like Deep Breathing and Half-Moon.  I also played Aerobics games like Free Step & Hula Hoop.  The longest I played the Wii was for 33 “Wii” minutes, although depending on the day I did as little as 10 “Wii” minutes (which doesn’t include time spent doing the Body Test).  It just depended on my energy level that day.  I love that Wii Fit is part of my vestibular rehabilitation therapy! 🙂

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