Vestibular Rehabilitation

 

Rosemarie Jaworski PT, Certified Vestibular Therapist

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise approach used to correct dizziness, vertigo and balance disorders. Specific exercises are utilized which are designed to decrease the sensation of dizziness, increase your balance function and improve your general activity level. The program is designed to teach your central nervous system how to compensate for inner ear deficits.

Who will it help?

  • Individuals with acute or abrupt loss of vestibular function
  • Individuals who do not demonstrate spontaneous resolution of dizziness and balance difficulties within 6 months of onset
  • Individuals who have had surgery for unresolved vestibular problems

What if I have BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

Some vestibular problems are caused by particles in the inner ear. These particles can give your brain incorrect information regarding the position and movement of your head. This can cause a sensation of vertigo (spinning) or dizziness which leads to loss of function and ability to complete your activities of daily living. Repositioning techniques consisting of specific head movements completed with the assistance of the therapist can move these particles back to their correct location in the inner ear and result in a dramatic improvement in symptoms.

Should I have a referral from a physician?

Vestibular rehabilitation programs are designed to correct vertigo and balance issues associated with problems in the vestibular system. Many things can cause dizziness, such as medications, ear infections, viruses or concussions. It is important to have your physician determine that these things are not causing your symptoms prior to scheduling Physical Therapy.

If you or someone you know struggles with dizziness or balance, call for an appointment. We can help.

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