My So Called Dizzy Life

My Chronicles of Vertigo, Nystagmus, Imbalance & Dizziness

Vestibular Rehabiliation Therapy Weeks 17 & 18

on October 29, 2012

October 15th was my seventeenth week of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.  October 22nd was my eighteenth 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.

My physical therapist and I discussed how the new, challenging elements that we added in during weeks 15 & 16 were going.  He decided that because my dizziness level was more than moderate while doing the exercises, that we needed to back off of the Dynamic exercises and return to more Static exercises.  Here is a description of the differences between the two types of exercises.

I’m pretty sure that a new drug that I’ve been on for Migraine Associated Dizziness is making me more dizzy.   As I’ve said in earlier weeks, if the exercises are too hard and they make me extremely dizzy & sick, then they are not effective and do not help my brain compensate.  We also discussed how much I was enjoyed using the Wii Fit for therapy and how I felt that was going well.  He prescribed more Wii Fit! 🙂

This week, I asked my physical therapist a question that has been plaguing me for a while.  Did he think I would have to do these exercises for the rest of my life?  Like everything else with this vestibular disorder, there is no set answer.  He said that some people only need therapy for 3 months, some for 6 months, and some people take over a year.

I also continued rotating in the Wii Fit every 3rd day into my therapy (so two days of vestibular rehabilitation therapy, then a day of Wii Fit).   On some days, I completed both my VRT exercises and used the Wii Fit.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy Exercises

Exercise 1: While sitting in a chair, turn my head over my left shoulder and then my right shoulder.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 2: While sitting in a chair, nod my head up and down.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 3:   While sitting in a chair, bend down as if grabbing something off the floor and then return to a seated position.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 4:  While standing, turn my head over my left shoulder and then my right shoulder.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 5: While standing, nod my head up and down.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 6: While standing,  bend down as if grabbing something off the floor and then return to a standing position.  Rest to let any dizziness settle.  I repeat this 10 times.

Exercise 7: Practice turning with 90 degree (Quarter) 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 10 times.

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 44.

Depending on the day, I played different games.  I always made sure that I played some Balance Games, like Soccer Heading, Ski Slalom, Table Tilt, Balance Bubble and Penguin Slide.

I continued to play Yoga Games, like Deep Breathing and Warrior.  I also played Aerobics games like Free Step & Hula Hoop.  The longest I played the Wii was for 70 “Wii” minutes (which doesn’t include time spent doing the Body Test) and the shortest amount of time was 40 minutes.

In week 17 & 18, I played some new games.  The first was Big Top Juggling.  In this game, my Mii has to stay balanced on a balloon, while trying to catch and juggle balls.  I have to shift my weight on the Wii Balance Board in order to stay balanced.  It was a good game to challenge myself with; not only did this game require balance, but also it required multi-tasking.  I definitely need to work on doing better with this game. The second new game that I played was Rhythm Kung-Fu.  In this game, I have to watch a Mii perform a sequence of movements and then mirror those movements.  Timing is everything and my timing wasn’t always right.

Regardless of how well I score in the games, I am loving the Wii Fit!

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