Is vestibular rehabilitation beneficial in MS?
Professor Jonathan Marsden
University of Plymouth
£299,931 in collaboration with the Chartered Society of Phyiotherapists Charitable Trust
About the project
Special physiotherapy exercises, known as vestibular rehabilitation, can retrain the way the brain works. We know it can help to treat vestibular problems in general, and our researchers want to understand the benefits it could have for people with MS.
In this project, people with MS who have vestibular problems will go through one of two types of vestibular rehabilitation, either through weekly sessions with a physiotherapist or by following exercises in a booklet.
Our researchers want to see which method of rehabilitation is more effective, and if the results change based on the type of vestibular problem.
How will it help people with MS?
Vestibular problems are common in MS, but right now we don’t know how best to manage or treat it.
This project will help us to understand the benefits of rehabilitation, and reveal whether some causes of dizziness are easier to treat than others.
We hope the results will help to uncover ways to increase diagnosis of vestibular problems in MS, which can be overlooked.
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