Vestibular Therapy

is a specialized form of physical therapy. Symptoms are characterized by dizziness, vertigo, and trouble with balance, posture, and vision.

The balance comprises 3 systems working together: our eyes, ears, and body which send info. to the brain, which is interpreted about where we are. When any of these systems are working incorrectly, we are at risk of falling.

Signs of Balance Issues include: being unable to stand on 1 leg for 5 seconds. Difficulty getting up from a chair / Unable to sit slowly into a chair / Turns are extremely slow or unsteady / Walking is unsteady / Short, shuffling steps / Does not have upright posture / Elderly Fall Risk Factors.

The loss of any of the five senses is especially distressing, and one of the most frightening for any individual is the loss of balance and equilibrium due to a vestibular disorder. The condition occurs when there’s a disruption that encompasses the inner ear and brain that controls eye movement and balance.

A vestibular disorder can result from an injury, stroke, or neurological problem, but it’s also common in chronic diseases, including diabetes. It can result from cataracts, aging, or a viral infection, causing a distorted sense of touch, the sensation of floating, or that the world is spinning.

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy offers hope for those suffering. Our physical Therapist will create a treatment and management plan that addresses the underlying causes and alleviates any behaviors an individual may have developed.  Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is a proven method for addressing the condition’s underlying causes and assisting individuals with the disorder to learn how to live, work and play safely. The vestibular disorder can be temporary or long-term, and the techniques available through physical therapy improve the overall quality of life.

Patients will learn ways to compensate for the deficits that they have experienced. Individuals learn new ways to move and perform tasks that reduce the potential for falls and injuries. Our Therapist also monitors individuals for signs of emotional disturbances, anxiety, and depression, all of which are common for those with this disorder.

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