Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation

balance-trainingVestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialized physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related problems.

“Patients who had fallen twice in the past year or once with an injury requiring medical attention should receive a fall-specific history and a gait and balance exam. Those who feared falling should have a gait and balance examination. Those with poor balance should be considered for physical therapy or assistive device and those with abnormal gait should be considered for physical therapy.”

Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Newsletter — April, 2012 Publication #12-RA007

Balance Disorders Candidates should receive an evaluation from a balance trained physical therapist. It is the appropriate way to determine if you have a balance disorder. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, you may want to contact us for professional assessment.

Vestibular Related Symptoms

  • Feeling dizzy upon standing
  • Uncontrollable eye movement
  • Unsteady gait
  • Muscle weakness
  • Trouble recovering balance
  • Unusual feeling of emotion
  • Disorientation in crowds or when driving
  • Fear of certain movements
  • Nausea with certain movements
  • Feeling of being on a merry-go-round
  • Episodes of falling
  • Taking multiple steps when pushed or forced off balance

Untreated Balance disorders may be associated with:

  • Fall Fractures
  • Limitations in daily activities
  • Avoidance of travel
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Work restriction or job loss

Services Available at FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers

  • Habituation balance exercises
  • Balance retraining therapy
  • Instruction on balance safety and assistive device use
  • Epley maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • CranioSacral Therapy