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how you can enhance your vestibular patient outcomes using visual feedback :

Vestibular rehab can encompass broad exercise applications, though adding by visual feedback you can get creative in testing body position in isolating movement or encouraging accuracy. Applications can include anything in under our balance media page, to specific tests and training such as gaze stability. 

I use Motion Guidance for many patients to teach motor control, single leg stance stability, and general movement awareness. It is limited only by your imagination! It’s a great product and I recommend it to any clinician, PT, OT, DC, ATC, or anyone giving or instructing corrective exercises.”
— Dr. Erson Religioso III DPT, MS, MTC, CertMDT, CFC, CSCS, FMS, FMT, FAAOMPT

Here are a few ways we enhance vestibular rehab visual feedback:

Relocation Accuracy

  • Use any target and assess your patient's ability to slowly and rapidly "re-locate" their head to a target. This gives feedback to if the patient "over-shoots" or "under-shoots", and this concept can be applied to any body part!

Gaze Stability

The patient is wearing the large strap with the parallel mount, adjusted so that the laser is atop the lateral hip and aimed at the wall or the tracking grid. The patient can instantly visualize if the hip is stationary during the exercise, or if they are compensating and using more anterior muscles, rotating backward. Your cue can simply be "I want you to keep the laser dot still while elevating your leg to the side".

Gaze Stability Pattern Tracking:

This video demonstrates a way practice gaze stability with a client: you can have them focus on keeping their eyes on target (while monitoring their eyes) and track a butterfly pattern

Target Isolation During Movement: 

Assess whether pt is able to fixate on target during motion (such as walking), and their ability to stay on target during additional tasks. This also works on indirect rotation (achieving rotation in a novel way). 

Complex Tasks: Adding Dual Tasks 

Testing ability to multi-task: In this video dual tasks include cervical fine motor skill during gait.

We are constantly increasing our database of visual assisted exercise. Send us your ideas on social media!