Patient Information. Vestibular and Cawthorn. Cooksey Exercises. Page 2. 2. Steps to follow when instilling ear drops. ○ Relaxing the neck and shoulder. Cawthorne-Cooksey Exercises. SUPPORTING, INSPIRING AND EDUCATING THOSE AFFECTED BY BALANCE AND DIZZINESS DISORDERS. Updated June . Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises. 1. In bed or sitting. 1. Eye movements — at first slow, then quick. 1. up and down. 2. from side to side. 3. focusing on finger moving.
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Although some authors state that the CC exercises are outmoded, this is not true. Ideally these activities should be done with a supervised group.
June 20, Return to VRT pag e. 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. Adapted from Dix and Hood, and Herdman, ; References: This document is one page handout of activities that progress from simple head movement to complex activities such as throwing a ball.
The CC exercises are still in common use see numerous references at bottom of this document. Spanish translation of CC exercises courtesy of Maria Busso.
Last saved on August 3, Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises In bed cawrhorne 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 cookseey and backward turning from side to side.
One of the first “general” interventions for vestibular problems were the Cawthorne-Cooksey CC exercises, as shown below.
Hain, MD Last update: Individual patients should be accompanied by a friend or relative who also learns the exercises. The CC exercises are mainly used as a home program.
Acwthorne and perseverance are required but the earlier and more regularly the exercise regimen is carried out, the faster and more complete will be the return to normal activity.
One can find the original document illustrating the CC exercises here. Sitting Eye movements cawfhorne head movements as above Shoulder shrugging and circling Bending forward and picking up objects from the ground Standing Eye, head and shoulder movements as before Changing from sitting to standing position with eyes open and shut Throwing a small ball from hand to hand above eye level Throwing a ball from hand to hand under knee Changing from sitting to standing and turning around in between Moving about in class Circle around center person who will throw a large ball and to whom it will be returned Walk across room with eyes open and then closed Walk up and down slope with eyes open and then closed Walk up and down steps with cawthlrne open and then closed Any game involving stooping and stretching and aiming such cookset bowling and basketball Diligence and perseverance are required but the earlier and more regularly the exercise regimen is carried out, the faster and more complete will be the return to normal activity.