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Discovery Physical Therapy

Balance and Vertigo Rehab

Dizziness can be debilitating and complicate a person’s ability to complete activities of daily life. Inner ear problems affecting the vestibular system can cause dizziness and loss of balance. A person suffering from vestibular dysfunction can develop secondary problems in the neck and shoulder including weakness, loss of motion, muscle tension, and headaches.

Physical therapists at Discovery Physical Therapy have completed specialized training in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT). VRT is an exercise-based program treating inner ear problems that can contribute to a variety of vestibular problems such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), reduced inner ear function associated with Meniere’s disease, labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. People with sudden onset or long-term unresolved inner ear disorders can be helped by VRT.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an alternative treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms. Exercises vary depending on the disorder, but can include:

  • Canalith-Repositioning Maneuvers
  • Coordinating head and eye movements
  • Stimulating symptoms of dizziness in order to desensitize the vestibular system
  • Improving balance and ability to walk
  • Improving fitness and endurance


Reference: Vestibular Rehabilitation – An effective, Evidence-Based treatment. By, Anne Shumway-Cook, PT, PhD: Professor Emerita, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington; with Vestibular Disorder Association.


Links:

www.vestibular.org

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