Did you know a common, but less discussed vestibular symptom is depersonalization or derealization?
Our vestibular system has two main areas:
The semicircular canals which tell our brain about angular movement
Our otolith organs which give us our sense of gravity
When our otolith organs aren't functioning properly, we can lose this sense of gravity which results in altered body representation of self. This is called depersonalization or derealization and it can feel like...
Feeling "spaced out"
Having difficulty concentrating
Body feeling strange
Feeling out of control of one's self or body
Feeling as though the ground is shifting
Luckily, Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) can help this. By working on stimulating our vestibular system in the right way, we can increase the input from our otolith organs, as well as drive up our proprioception (sensory or touch) system to help you feel more grounded.