Vestibular Rehabilitation

Address issues related to the vestibular system

What is vestibular rehabilitation?

The vestibular system, or “inner ear,” as it is commonly (and inaccurately) called, is not only integral, but is essential for integration between our bodies, gravity, and movement in the physical world. It tells our brain whether we are standing, lying down, leaning, moving, how fast and in what direction these positions all occur.

Why is vestibular rehabilitation important?

The vestibular system was one of the first sensory systems to exist in animals with spines. It is also the very first sensory system to develop in the womb. This occurs as early as 7-9 weeks after conception (before our gender is even determined).

It provides us with a basis for the development of many – if not all – of the sensory systems we have. These include vision, joint perception, sound localization and even touch. It is also critical to the ability to move our eyes, to our balance, coordination and to maintain motor control. Also, autonomic functions such as heart rate, blood pressure and digestion are regulated by it, our thinking depends on it and even our emotional state can be influenced by it. Many neurological disorders are caused by – or include – vestibular dysfunction. Some of these are more obvious, such as dizziness/dizziness, falls and imbalance.

Indeed; there are a large number of conditions that can be linked to this, such as cerebral palsy, migraines, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (in adults and children), developmental coordination disorder, concussion, idiopathic scoliosis, autism, Parkinson’s disease, dementia, stroke, pain syndromes and even whiplash. Vestibular dysfunction is even frequently reported in “healthy individuals”; this is the case in 35.4% of all individuals over 40 years of age and more than 85% of those over 80 years of age.

How does vestibular rehabilitation work?

The team at Amsterdam Brain Center evaluates all components of the vestibular system to determine how well your system interprets gravity, movement, body position and spatial orientation. Once they are able to identify any changes in function or opportunities for improvement, they implement some vestibular rehabilitation and optimization procedures they have used for more than half a century. This is in conjunction with new procedures offered only at Amsterdam Brain Center.


Your road to recovery

One week of intensive treatment

Step 1

The Functional Neurological Examination (FNE)

You share your symptoms with us, prompting us to ask relevant questions and conduct a thorough Neurological Examination. This process allows us to assess whether our treatment is well-suited to your needs.

Step 2

Advanced Machine Testing (quantification)

Based on Step 1, we determine what tests are necessary to quantify the underlying cause of the symptoms. To do this, we use a range of computer-controlled equipment.

Step 3

Rehabilitation week (in 5 days)

We address the problems. Through an individual program specifically tailored to your problems, we bring back function during an intensive week of treatment.

Step 4


After the 5-day intensive treatment week, we will give you homework assignments. These are exercises that further promote your recovery. We are happy to keep an eye on these developments with you.

How does vestibular rehabilitation help?

By combining vestibular therapy with other therapies, we are able to improve the function, performance and quality of life of individuals with many neurological challenges and desires.

What to expect during treatment

What can you expect after treatment?

After treatment during our intensive treatment week, you can expect quick to very quick results. It is likely that you will still be tired for the first few days/weeks because your brain needs to process all the activity of the past week. However, your brain is resilient and adapts well due to its neuroplasticity. You may be a little more irritable during this period and sometimes experience mild headaches. However, this is temporary; there are no permanent side effects. With the passage of time, these symptoms will disappear and you will begin to notice more and more the effect of the therapy.

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