Author Topic: Do Vestibular Exercises Help with Vertigo/Dizziness Caused by Benzos?  (Read 1069 times)

[Buddie]

Hi - Assuming my dizziness and off balance (occasional vertigo) symptoms are due to benzo tolerance withdrawal (and soon to be "withdrawal"), I'm curious if anyone knows or has any experience in doing the various vestibular rehab exercises, and do they help in the case of symptoms caused by benzo?

Thanks!

AO
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[Buddie]

Hello,

I had some really bad balance problems and did many of those Vestibular type exercises. Those exercises, I believe were very helpful to me.
Just be careful when you start trying different balance positions. Make sure you have plenty of room, in case you fall.

Dr. Ashton even talks even talks about these types of exercises as being helpful.

From the Ashton Manual
Exercises, such as standing on one leg, first with eyes open, then with eyes closed, can speed recovery.

http://www.benzo.org.uk/manual/bzcha03.htm#15
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[Buddie]

Hi Arty and Mike,

I will check out the Ashton link you posted Mike Matrix, and re: "Vestibular Exercises," Arty. I hope you don't mind me adding to this thread that I have found that continuing to do yoga during tolerance has helped me with my balance and strength very much and I will continue doing it through taper and complete w/d. There are some good "core" postures that can really strengthen balance, and you can find hundreds of links on line for yoga postures, many of them with free instructions, info, photos, and so on.

Standing on one leg, with the other knee bent out to the side and the bottom of the foot held against the ankle, calf or knee is similar to what you described standing on one leg, (alternating sides) and that helps with further balance, and is known as the "Tree Pose" in yoga.

Here's to us all being strong to the core like hearty oak trees.

Best regards and good wishes,

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Also, here is a link I found on Vestibular Exercises that looks comprehensive:
http://drnguyen.ucsd.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=77
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[Buddie]

Also, here is a link I found on Vestibular Exercises that looks comprehensive:
http://drnguyen.ucsd.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=77
 

Good information Grace :thumbsup:
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