Vestibular Anatomy and Neurophysiology
The vestibular system is a sophisticated human postural control system and can be divided into a central and peripheral system. The vestibular system employs complicated strategies to maintain blood pressure when moving from supine to upright, it helps maintain good head and body orientation in relation to our environment. In short, an ineffective vestibular system can have devastating outcomes on the performance of activities of daily living and have a significant negative impact on quality of life, if not restored.
This short course aims to explore the anatomy of the peripheral and central vestibular systems. We will also introduce 3 important reflexes involved in and how the body cleverly uses these reflexes and functional anatomy together with a comparator to keep restoring postural control.
This course is made up of videos, reading, discussions and a final quiz. The course content is split into the following sections:
- Reading activity
This course is aimed at Physiotherapy and Physical Therapy clinicians, students and assistants. Other interested professionals such as athletic trainers, occupational therapists, nurses or medical doctors interested in this subject are also invited to participate.
Hours of Learning - No deadlines are applied to this course and it can be started and completed in your own time according to your personal schedule. We expect the required elements to take around 1-1.5 hours depending on your schedule and learning style. Additionally there are many optional resources provided and if you choose to review these the course could take longer to complete.
Types of Activities - Reading Physiopedia pages, journal articles, book chapters. Watching videos. Attempting quizzes. Participating in an international discussion forum.
Certificates - At the end of the course, when you have completed all of the required elements, you will be able to download a certificate of completion and 0.8 Physioplus points will be added to your personalised learning dashboard.
Requirements to complete this course
In order to complete this course and receive a course completion certificate plus CEUs/CCUs/CPD points you will need to:
- Respect the Physioplus Community Culture.
- Log all the required learning activities as complete (represented by the orange icons!).
- Actively and appropriately participate in the course discussions.
- Pass a final quiz with a score of 80% or more.
- Complete a course evaluation form.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- choose 6 features of the peripheral vestibular system
- discuss 5 characteristics of the vestibular reflexes
- discuss 10 features of the central vestibular processing system