The Importance of Vestibular Stimulation

Dizziness and vertigo are symptoms often ignored by many people without realizing that they might be linked to Vestibular Balance Disorder.

This disorder can lead to low energy, low productivity, and chronic fatigue if not treated immediately. 

The human ear is a complex bone and cartilage system. It contains a network of canals known as semicircular canals. The canals are full of fluid—the fluid’s position changes as it moves.

The information is then sent to your brain by an ear sensor, contributing to your sense of balance. The vestibular system is made up of these and other delicate parts.

You may need to consult with an ear, nose, and throat expert (ENT, or otolaryngologist).

Many disorders can produce dizziness and lightheadedness. Other possible causes may be ruled out as part of the diagnosis.

Some of the symptoms of Vestibular Balance Disorder are:

Dizziness

Blurred vision

Disorientation

Changes in your heart’s rhythm

Nausea

Diarrhea

Vomiting

Feeling as if you are floating or as if the world is spinning.

Loss of balance

Anxiety

Fear

Falling or stumbling

The symptoms of vestibular balance disorder can interfere with your ability to drive, work, or enjoy recreational activities.

This can result in depression and frustration. Counseling can assist you in learning to cope with the disease and its effects on your lifestyle.

If you believe you or your loved ones are experiencing Vestibular Balance Disorder, there are ways to treat this condition through therapy and rehabilitation.

Let us first understand what causes this disorder.

The Importance of Vestibular Stimulation

Why is Vestibular Stimulation Important?

Vestibular stimulation is a particularly effective tool for improving balance, reducing vertigo symptoms, self-soothing, and focussing attention.

If a person is disturbed and hyperaroused, sensory inhibition can be used to reduce arousal, particularly before bedtime or at other times when the individual is restless and agitated.

Linear movement activities (forward-backward rocking and swinging) combined with low-frequency sounds are soothing and block the reticular activation system via the vestibular system.

This is also useful before night if the person has trouble falling asleep. Some people feel that sleeping on a water bed mattress helps them relax.

What is the Vestibular System?

The Vestibular System is a sensory system that sends information to our brain about motion, head position, and spatial orientation. It is also engaged in motor processes, which enable us to stabilize our heads and bodies during movement to maintain posture and balance.

The Vestibular System is a very unique sensory system because it integrates with several other sensory and motor pathways to precisely regulate body movement and balance via the four anatomically identifiable clusters of neurons known as the Vestibular Nuclei, which are located in the brainstem region (dorsolateral regions of the pons and medulla).

The Vestibular Organ provides inputs to these nuclei. The Vestibular Organ, which is bilaterally located in the inner ear via the vestibular nerve component of the eighth cranial nerve, is made up of fluid-filled semicircular canals and two otolith organs known as the utricle and the saccule.

The Vestibular Organ plays an essential role in controlling body movement and balance. Strategies to activate the vestibular organs as a clinical intervention to address body movement and balance abnormalities are being explored.

Several neural networks branch from the Vestibular Nuclei to diverse parts of the cerebral cortex, cerebellum, and spinal cord. These have been shown to be more neuroplastic in recent years. These broader vestibular system networks have also been connected to a variety of other functional characteristics.

One example of a functional attribute is stress management. While the molecular routes relating to vestibular stimulation and its potential in stress management are still being studied, the functional consequences are clear and have been reported in various studies.

It is believed that vestibular system networks influence body stress state by relaying through numerous different autonomic function regulatory centers, such as the reticular activating system, thalamus, hypothalamus, and/or limbic system.

Understanding these complicated biological pathways will help to improve the adaptability of the vestibular stimulation technique in the clinical management of stress-related disorders.

Improving the Vestibular System Through Vestibular Stimulation

Vestibular stimulation can be achieved using a variety of stimulation techniques that are commonly utilized for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes.

Overall, vestibular stimulation is classified into two types: non-physiological vestibular stimulation and physiological vestibular stimulation.

Electrical vestibular stimulation (EVS) is a non-physiological method that has been researched in the past, primarily for researching the vestibular system’s anatomical and neurophysiological components and pathways.

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialist type of therapy used to treat vestibular diseases such as vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls.

The outcomes of the clinical assessment, laboratory testing, imaging studies, and patient feedback are used to create a personalized workout regimen. Activity level, pain, other medical issues, drugs, and mental worries can all have an impact on recovery potential.

What is GyroStim?

GyroStim is a computer-controlled multi-axis rotational chair that stimulates the vestibular, visuomotor, and sensorimotor systems as well as the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which balance, motor function, and coordination. GyroStim is a brain integrator that works on a global scale.

It is critical to recognize that no single therapy technique can isolate one area of the brain. This is why some people may not respond well to simply receiving vestibular or visual therapy.

One of the treatment’s goals is to figure out how to appropriately generate a positive neuroplastic change in various systems and integrate them.

This means that these systems must be synchronized and function together for optimal human performance.

GyroStim is one of the techniques we employ to help individuals with various neurological conditions rehab and integrate these systems. Here are a few instances.

  • Vestibular dysfunction is common but not limited to concussion, TBI, stroke, developmental delays/disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and cognitive decline.
  • Visual dysfunction is common but not limited to concussion, TBI, stroke, developmental delays/disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and cognitive decline.
  • Sensorimotor dysfunction is common but not limited to concussion, TBI, stroke, developmental delays/disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and cognitive decline.

The Benefits of GyroStim Therapy

The FDA approves GyroStim Therapy to treat balance disorders, vestibular dysfunction, and associated symptoms caused by injury, illness, or neurological or aging-related conditions.

GyroStim is a non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical, non-addictive, well-tolerated, and effective treatment for balance issues. It has technological advantages that not only overcome numerous restrictions of EVS and VRT, but also significantly augment VRT.

GyroStim, an FDA-designated Breakthrough Medical Device, offers patients, doctors, and insurance providers a long-overdue paradigm shift of greater treatment capabilities, faster recovery, lower costs, and better outcomes.

Gyrostim Applications

  • GyroStim employs a complete strategy in which data-driven incremental challenges are applied to the human sensorimotor system via an innovative combination of carefully regulated motion and interactive sensorimotor activities. GyroStim’s diverse set of applications provides clinicians with a powerful and adaptable tool that integrates nicely and supplements existing therapy approaches.
  • GyroStim is frequently utilized as a supplement to established rehabilitation treatments. GyroStim functions as a catalyst, improving the functional performance of the sensorimotor system and thus increasing the effectiveness of VRT techniques. GyroStim can be used to gently and safely exercise and challenge the visuomotor and sensorimotor systems and improve reaction time, tolerance to motion, and spatial orientation.
  • GyroStim offers fully configurable, mild, and regulated whole-body single and multi-axis rotation combinations for a variety of passive and interactive applications. GyroStim provides a variety of data-driven high-intensity exercises to improve athletic skills such as hand-eye coordination, reaction time, balance, spatial awareness, mental acuity, proprioception, situational awareness, decisiveness, and more.
  • GyroStim’s unrivaled capabilities assist world-class athletes in pushing the boundaries of their athleticism, breaking through performance plateaus, and reaching their full potential. GyroStim is a cutting-edge training approach for improving the sensorimotor system, which is often disregarded but is crucial to athletic success. The sensorimotor system is a complex network of sensory and motor impulses linked to your brain and influences how well you interact and connect with the world around you (receptive fields). The sensorimotor system’s functional performance is the essence of your athletic ability. Fortunately, whether healthy or impaired, the sensorimotor system’s performance has neuroplastic qualities and can be increased by “repetitive opportunity” training. And this is where GyroStim comes in.

GyroStim gives researchers the adaptability, repeatability, and dependability they need in a system to withstand the rigors of whole-body rotation research projects. GyroStim is not only a superior approach to test the vestibular and sensorimotor systems, but it also enables new and enhanced rehabilitation strategies that would otherwise be impossible.

Find out more about our GyroStim Therapy at Chicago Neuro

Chicago Neuro is an advanced functional neurology group in the heart of Chicago.

We specialize in treating neurological disorders such as concussion, ADHD, migraines, and anxiety/depression.

We offer advanced testing and assessments along with cutting-edge rehabilitation techniques, including Functional Neurology, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, and GyroStim Therapy, to bring you better health and a better way of life.

For more information, visit us at ChicagoNeuro.com