The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently approved fee changes for 2021 involving extensive cuts to services that affect individuals with vestibular conditions. For physical therapy, the cuts are estimated at 8% with additional cuts estimated for audiology, social work, chiropractic care, and many other disciplines.(1)
A vestibular patient's wish list may look a little different than most. Rather than looking for the next best gadget or fun experience, they seek gifts that are functional or provide comfort. Here is a brief list of thoughtful gifts you can share with your friends and family who want to support you in your vestibular journey.
This is a beginning chair yoga routine that is perfect for people who want to stretch, relax and strengthen, but are unable to stand for a practice. You can flow from one pose to the next, using the breath to guide you in a steady pace. Or you can do each pose separately holding for 10 seconds or longer. As you become comfortable with this practice feel free to repeat poses and hold for longer. You can also look up other poses to add. There are full-length chair yoga practices that offer all the benefits of standard yoga classes. Breathe, smile and relax.
Hyperacusis is hearing disorder that causes ordinary sounds to be perceived as unbearably loud.
Some vestibular disorders, including vestibular migraine, can cause the patient to be more susceptible to light sensitivity.
From in-person support groups to online support groups to social media "groups" - vestibular patients are connecting with their peers in many ways.
Vestibular migraine patients, Kayla McCain and Alicia Wolf, share their tips for coping with vestibular migraine.
The American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) recently announced that it denied the Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy’s request to create a Vestibular Clinical Specialist Certification, stating that vestibular practice is a sub-specialty of neurology and not a specialty. However, there is currently no process for approval of a sub-specialty.
Vestibular migraine (a.k.a. migraine associated vertigo) isn’t just a headache. It is a potentially disabling neurologic disorder.
15-year old Alex Shaddock is VeDA's 2019 Steps-2-Balance Ambassador.