In another blog made the connection between our vestibular system and feelings of depersonalization or derealization, but did you know that same area (the good old otolith organs in our inner ear) can also cause an altered sense of spatial memory?
Our vestibular system affects our Spatial Memory, which affects our ability to:
Recall a Location
Plan a Route
Spatial memory is a form of memory responsible for the recording and recovery of information needed to plan a course to a location and to recall the location of an object. It is required for orientation in space and to navigate around a familiar city (like your own!).
Many of my patients have found that with VRT they don't need to rely on their GPS as often and overall have a better sense of direction. This is an unexpected bonus to vestibular therapy, am I right?!