Vestibular Training - Astronaut Protocol
What is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system gives us information about which way is up, down, left and right by helping us to understand the position of our head in space. It helps to develop balance, coordination and proprioception of our body.
What is the Vestibular-Auditory-Visual Triad?
This refers to the relationship between our body senses of proprioception and touch, vision and hearing. The triad determines our qualifying of life through the quality of the interplay of moving, looking and listening.
What is a Benign Vestibular System?
A benign vestibular system occurs when there is an immature ability to interpret activity occurring in one or more of the semicircular canals found in the inner ear. It may be caused by lack of movement as an infant that can be due to prolonged periods in the hospital, lack of movement opportunities, unintegrated reflexes or lack of muscular strength.
Why is an Active Vestibular System so Important?
Activation of the vestibular system can help improve motor development, perceptual or attention deficits, learning disabilities, emotional problems and the ability to perform activities of daily living. Those with underdeveloped vestibular systems may have some adverse reactions to vestibular training, such as meltdowns, dizziness, nausea, loss of balance and uncontrolled body movement.
Our main therapy program targeting the vestibular system is astronaut training. However, we use many other activities to help improve the vestibular system such as swings.