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PERSONAL TREATMENTS

I have received some amazing and unique treatments for my vestibular symptoms and I am so thankful. Some have been more helpful than others. 

For me, there are multiple angles to my treatment, and I consider my treatment holistic. Lots of puzzle pieces, and some larger than others.

I am simply sharing my tools and treatments as a part of my journey. 

The list includes . . . 

Eye Exercises
Slowing Down & Not Over Doing
Cranio Sacral Therapy
Functional Medicine
Movement but not too much
Nutrition Improvements
Neuropsych Testing
Yoga
Meditation
Mindfulness
Psychotherapy
Physical Therapy
Assessment Testing
Destress
Medical Medium
Naturopath
Awareness
Medications
Psychiatry
Supplements

CAREN :: (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment)

and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

I am an advocate for VRT as a support to healing and regaining balance and brain function. No one treatment is a cure, but rather a support for me anyway. The way I explain VRT is that it entails exercises that help retrain my brain to communicate with my inner ear/ balance system. I can say VRT helped me gain my balance back over the span of the last two years. 

 

I had breaks in between going, and have to admit I have slacked on eye exercises, but even with that being said, I can say I am overall 85-90% better on most days even though I still deal with derealization and decreased cognitive function. My balance is wayyyy better!

 

 

My VRT Story

 

My Diagnoses have evolved overtime. Currently I have PPPD, Cervicogenic Dizziness, and Vestibular Migraine. But in the beginning it started off with diagnoses of Vestibular Neuritis, and Acute Peripheral Vestibulopathy. 

 

My vestibular journey started In May 2018 I woke up with vertigo after going through some major life events, and a severe pinched nerve in my neck, and was never the same. I was very freaked out, but I wasn’t taking no for an answer. I started googling Vertigo. 

 

5 days later, I saw my primary care doctor who knows me well, and she was the first practitioner who mentioned I may need to see a Vestibular Therapist for VRT. 

 

I had been through so many other chronic illnesses that took over my life before this day so I was determined to fight. The symptoms got worse and I ended up in the ER.

 

After being in the ER 2 times at Balboa Naval hospital and having a normal CT brain scan, they referred me to a VT in their physical therapy clinic on base which is located within their physical therapy program. 

 

The base holds symposiums so the ER department, practitioners and inpatient areas come together with a continuity program.

 

The fruits of their labor came forward when I showed up. 

 

I met my VT and she offered me an opportunity to participate in a new form of VRT

 

CAREN - computer assisted rehabilitation environment at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC)

 

The CAREN is used for a variety of tests, and studies including Warfighter Performance training, PTSD patients, and more. 

 

There are 5 CAREN systems in the D.O.D. and I think I read 6 or 7 in the US, and approximately 20 world wide.

 

CAREN from June 2018 - September 2018  (EEG within the study)

 

I have continued with the CAREN system along with traditional customized VT exercises as a part of my VRT off and on since then. I have also done a home program with a variety of custom eye and balance exercises based on my symptoms.  

 

My VT is a big fan of encouraging additional supportive treatments for me or anything else that supports my quality of life like….

 

Psychotherapy

Calming my nervous system down with yoga, meditation, mindfulness. 

 

I have seen about 20 doctors/ practitioners/ specialists related to my vestibular symptoms so I can find a root cause, and what I learned was a lot of the tools are within myself and VRT was a big puzzle piece in coping and regaining a lot of my balance back. 

Taken back in 2018 during the caren study

Publications :: Articles :: Symposiums :: Videos

From Naval Health Research Center Public Affairs - (NHRC Scientists Receive Award for Transforming a Rehabilitation Tool to Prevent Injury, Promote Resilience)

Expanding the Rehabilitation of Injured Service Members Using Immersive, Large-Scale Virtual Environments

Naval Health Research Center

THE FUTURE IS NOW: Inside the NHRC’s New Virtual Warfighter Lab. June 2010. 

(Improvements in Gait Speed and Weight Shift of Persons With Traumatic Brain Injury and Vestibular Dysfunction Using a Virtual Reality Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment)

A Look Inside: Navy Medicine’s West Coast Research Lab, Naval Health Research Center

Developments in Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environments (2013 R. VAN DER MEER, MD (NL)

The Article is based on a lecture, delivered during the 40th ICMM World Congress on Military Medicine, 7-12 Dec 2013, Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia.

Vestibular physical therapy intervention: utilizing a computer assisted rehabilitation environment in lieu of traditional physical therapy. (Gottshall KR, Sessoms PH, Bartlett JL. Vestibular physical therapy intervention: utilizing a computer assisted rehabilitation environment in lieu of traditional physical therapy. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2012;2012:6141-6144. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2012.6347395)

Video's featuring the CAREN system Below