The efficacy of vestibular stimulation as treatment is controversial because data on normal developmental vestibular physiology are insufficient to determine whether movement therapy can enhance function of the central nervous system in specific neurologic disorders. The article reviews the role of the vestibular system in development and examines past research on vestibular stimulation as a treatment modality. Recent technical advances have improved understanding of the vestibular system and its contribution to balance, coordination, and motor development. A new vestibular stimulation device for use in children has been developed to provide maximal effects on the vestibular system with precise off-vertical axis rotation movements and to test the efficacy of this therapeutic approach.
|Number of pages
|Infants and Young Children
|Published - 1993
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health
- Developmental and Educational Psychology