The vestibular system is found within the ear and consists of the utricle, saccule, and three semicircular canals. The utricle and the saccule of the system help detect your vertical orientation and linear movement respectively. The semicircular canals will detect rotational movement by sensing the movement of fluid within the canals. Input to the brain about your position in space also comes from the eyes and proprioception (touch). If there is a dysfunction of the vestibular system, the signals sent from this system compared with the eyes and proprioceptive system don’t match and the brain has difficulty making sense of the information. This can lead to symptoms like vertigo and dizziness, problems with vision, changes in hearing, headaches, and possibly issues with concentration, confusion, and even psychological problems such as anxiety and depression.
At A.Fox Physical Therapy, we have providers that area trained to treat Vestibular Disorders. To read more on treatment for dizziness related to the condition : click here. If you have more questions about headaches: click here.