This fact sheet provides information on vestibular rehabilitation exercises for The aims of the Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises include relaxing the neck and. Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises. SUPPORTING If your vestibular system (inner ear balance system) is not working properly, you will feel dizzy and off balance. Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises (Vestibular Rehabiliation Excercises). 1. In bed or sitting. 1. Eye movements — at first slow, then quick. 1. up and down.

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These exercises may also be advised if CRPs are not suitable. If you have used any of our services in the last two years, we would really value your feedback to ensure that we can continue providing a high standard of information and support for people with neurological problems.

Make sure that you are in a safe environment before you start any of the exercises to reduce the risk of injury. The CC exercises are cokksey in common use see numerous references at bottom of this document. One can find the original document illustrating the CC exercises here.

Brain & Spine Foundation | Vestibular rehabilitation exercises

The CC exercises are mainly used as a home program This document is one page handout of activities that progress from simple head movement to complex activities such as throwing a ball. Spanish translation of CC exercises courtesy of Maria Busso. These exercises are likely to make you feel dizzy whilst you perform them, but it is important to persevere in order to feel any benefit.


It would be advisable to start each exercise at a level that you would vstibular as a 2 or 3 on the rating scale i.

It can be helpful festibular someone else learns the exercises and helps you with them. When the crystals move around in this part of the ear it causes dizziness. You will be given guidance on how many repetitions of each exercise to do and when to progress to the next set of exercises.

The aim of gaze stabilisation exercises is to improve vision and the ability to focus on a stationary object while the head is moving.

Last saved on August 3, For example, 0 through to 5 for the severity of your symptoms 0 being no symptoms and 5 being severe symptoms.

As the exercise becomes easier over time you can start to do gestibular more quickly. They should be completed slowly at first.

Caqthorne your dizziness persists or comes back, it might be possible to have the treatment again. Individual patients should be accompanied by a friend or relative who also learns the exercises.

You should be assessed for an individual exercise programme to ensure you are doing the appropriate exercises.

You should start the exercise whilst ccooksey and then move on to standing. Please note that you should not attempt any of these exercises without first seeing a specialist or physiotherapist for a comprehensive assessment, advice and guidance.

Vestibular rehabilitation exercises

Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises In bed or sitting Eye movements — at first slow, then quick up and down from side to side focusing on finger moving from 3 feet to 1 foot away from face Head movements at first slow, then quick, later with eyes closed bending forward and backward turning from side to side. The aims of the Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises include relaxing the neck and shoulder muscles, training the eyes to move independently exerxises the head, exercisess good balance in everyday situations, practising the head movements that cause dizziness to help the development of vestibular compensationimproving general co-ordination and encouraging natural unprompted movement.


In particular, the manoeuvres cwwthorne not be suitable if you have pain or stiffness in your neck or if you have had a neck injury. Hain, MD Last update: June 20, Return to VRT pag e. The whole survey should take between 5 and 15 minutes of your time, depending on the number of services you have used.

Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises for Dizziness

If the treatment has worked successfully for you, your symptoms should improve within a couple of weeks. Call Progressions with this exercise can include placing the target letter on a busy background. Each person is affected differently by dizziness and balance problems and you should speak with your GP or specialist for individual advice. This is completely normal. The repeated head movements may work rxercises moving the crystals back to their correct position inside the inner ear as with CRPs.

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