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 Vestibular rehabilitation exercises in virtual reality

Vestibular rehabilitation is essential for patients suffering from vestibular vertigo. Thanks to virtual reality technology, KineQuantum revolutionizes this rehabilitation by offering immersive, interactive exercises.

 

The KineQuantum rehabilitation devices let you perform over 32 vestibular rehabilitation exercises in virtual reality. These exercises are adapted for vertigo, nausea and vomiting of vestibular origin. Achieve innovative management of inner ear disorders with virtual reality.

Types of vestibular rehabilitation exercises

Vestibular rehabilitation in physiotherapy is based on specific exercises. They aim to restore balance and reduce vertigo caused by dysfunctions of the vestibular system, which is located in the inner ear.

 

The process generally includes eye stabilization exercises, habituation exercises, and coordination and balance exercises.

Habituation
exercises

Exercises with repetitive movements to accustom the vestibular system to the stimuli causing vertigo. The principle of exposure therapy is to expose the patient to gradually reduce symptoms.

Eye stabilization exercises

These exercises are designed to improve eye movement control and stabilize vision during head movements. They also help reduce vertigo.

Balance
exercises

These exercises help to improve the patient's overall balance, using static and dynamic balance tasks in virtual environments. This type of exercise is only possible with virtual reality therapy.

97%

of physiotherapists equipped with the KineQuantum virtual reality medical device find the vestibular rehabilitation exercises adapted to their needs.

Source: satisfaction survey carried out among 122 therapists equipped with KineQuantum between 2022 and March 2024.

How vestibular rehabilitation works

The physiotherapists specialists first assess the degree of vestibular disturbance of the patient, then tailor the exercises to individual needs. This approach enables the brain to compensate for imbalances, improving patients' quality of life.

 

With modern techniques such as virtual reality, physiotherapists gain access to safe treatment environments and make rehabilitation more engaging.

Vestibular rehabilitation exercises in virtual reality

The vestibular exercises of virtual reality headsets KineQuantum are useful and effective for treating vestibular vertigo. They help strengthen the vestibular system and improve balance;

 

Virtual reality for vestibular rehabilitation makes it possible to replace cumbersome physio equipment such as the optokinetic sphere or AVD goggles. Virtual reality for vestibular rehabilitation makes vestibular specialization more accessible and less costly.

Central vestibular syndrome, with balance disturbances in the foreground and moderate or absent vertigo.

Unilateral or bilateral peripheral vestibular syndrome with vertigo accompanied by severe vomiting.

Work on kinetosis when there is a mismatch between visual perception and the vestibular system. Rehabilitation of motion sickness such as naupathy (seasickness) or freeway syndrome.

Desensitization to visual dependence and/or PPPD (Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness), visually-induced dizziness leading to balance and vestibular disorders.

Work on the consequences of these phobia-like disorders: vertigo and fear of heights (acrophobia), fear of crowds and not being able to stand movement (agoraphobia).

Otolith training: VVS (visual subjective vertical), dynamic VVS, VVS Rod & Frame, HVS (visual subjective horizontal).

Functional work on dynamic visual acuity (DVA), the ability to stabilize an image on the retina when the head is moving. Stimulation of the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) to improve function.

Work on chasing a target with the head or eyes only (head/eye synchronization): slow, jerky pursuits, etc.

Global balance assessment based on indicators of postural balance and vestibular function.

Testimonials and opinions of vestibular physiotherapists

Steven L physio in Brest

Steven L., vestibular physiotherapist, Brest

KineQuantum has replaced a lot of the equipment I had in vestibular rehabilitation before, and I'm really pleased with it.

Robert L physiotherapist in Stiring Wendel

Robert L., vestibular physiotherapist, Stiring-Wendel

As a full-time vestibular rehabilitator, I have the two virtual reality solutions on the market. KineQuantum best meets my needs and expectations, whether in terms of session follow-up, graphics, patient set-up, stimulation, assessments, etc. Not to mention the maintenance service, which incorporates our feedback. Not to mention the maintenance service, which incorporates our comments.

Virtual reality, your ally in vestibular physiotherapy

In France, nearly 300,000 people suffer from vestibular disorders. Faced with this challenge, innovation becomes your ally. Discover how virtual reality can redefine the limits of vestibular rehabilitation in the office and at home.

Why use virtual reality?

The KineQuantum virtual reality rehabilitation medical device contains more than 32 vestibular rehabilitation physio exercises:

Optokinetic stimulation

Work on optokinetic stimulation with light points of different sizes and colors, lines, directions of rotation and variable speeds.

Inner ear and motion sickness

Work on different types of kinetosis: seasickness on a boat or freeway syndrome. They are expressed by nausea and feelings of discomfort when traveling.

Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA)

Work on the ability to fix an image: a movement of the patient's head in a given direction displays an optotype whose orientation the patient must identify.

Balance
disorders

Work on the vestibular system with balance in a dynamic environment. With Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy, the room's motion simulations enable you to work on balance in a new and innovative way.

Visual
impairment

Work on varied scenarios with different visual information: turns, directions, open or closed spaces, with scrolling, and with inhibition of vestibular function.

Phobias: habituation

Work on various phobia-related anxiety disorders using cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT).

Scientific studies on vestibular physiotherapy in virtual reality

The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) recommends incorporating immersive virtual reality (IVR) exercises to work on all peripheral vestibular deficits. Used in addition to balance exercises, its effectiveness has been demonstrated (Rosiak et al., 2018): reduction of symptoms, improvement of balance (Micarelli et al., 2019) and postural control (Meldrum et al. , 2012).

Compared to traditional exercises, the severity of symptoms, the level of disability, dynamic balance, postural control, reduction in dizziness and the level of anxiety improved after the IVR sessions and at 6 months (Kanyılmaz et al., 2022 ; Viziano et al., 2019).

Its effectiveness has been shown for naupopathy, with 80% of patients able to return on board and an improvement in symptoms and functional discomfort at sea. They are more resistant to kinetogenic stimuli and use less medication (Trendel, 2010 ; Civrac de Fabian, 2017).

female patient with vestibular inner ear disorders

Why choose KineQuantum for vestibular rehabilitation exercises?

Space saving and optimization

No more bulky machines and no need for total darkness or numerous material investments. Just one single KineQuantum device is enough.

100% adaptable environment

You can adjust the exercise parameters beforehand and live. Variables can be adapted to your patients' abilities and reactions.

Vestibular physiotherapist at home

With KineQuantum Liberty, our compact, mobile device, you can perform vestibular kinetics exercises directly in your patients' homes.

Safe patient environment

Expose your patients to the anxiety-provoking situation in a controlled manner based on the cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) principle of habituation.

The virtual reality vestibular rehabilitation with KineQuantum is an innovative and effective solution for treating vestibular vertigo. By integrating interactive, personalized vestibular kinetic exercises, KineQuantum improves patients' quality of life and facilitates the work of physical therapists.

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