What is Vestibular Rehab?
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program with a specifically trained physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce dizziness related problems. Vestibular therapy uses a wide range of treatments to help reduce and eliminate the symptoms of vertigo. Treatment can consist of:
- Repositioning maneuvers to restore the inner ear crystals to their correct position.
- Specific eye and head movements to improve brain ability to use vestibular effectivity
- Balance training to increase ability to react to environment
Vertigo and dizziness can affect 35% of the adult population in the United States. Dizziness can be a sign of an ear disorder, a side effect of medication, a sign of neck dysfunction, or another serious problem. Our specialized physical therapist is here to help you with any vestibular problems you may have.
- Dizziness or blurred vision with head movements
- Neck tightness/stiffness/ pain
- Frequent falls
- Generalized dizziness
- Vertigo/ spinning
These sensations can occur when you are standing still, lying down, or changing positions. Symptoms can be constant or occur in episodes lasting minutes, hours, or even days.
Vestibular Rehab Success
Often times, only one vestibular rehab treatment is needed to resolve symptoms. By learning new exercises and techniques to combat balance and dizziness problems, symptoms of vertigo can be significantly reduced or disappear entirely. Vestibular rehabilitation, offers long term relief of vertigo symptoms as compared to over the counter medications.
“I believe I suffered from vertigo for quite a long time, but did not know it was vertigo. Dr. Anne was able to identify my symptoms and treat me. It has been life changing. If you have any symptoms such as dizziness, it is worth your while to schedule with Dr. Anne to get treated!” -Lisa M.
“I have been bothered by bouts of Vertigo for years. The bouts come on quickly can be debilitating and last for days. While at PT my husband casually mentioned that I was experiencing a bout of Vertigo. His therapist recommended I come in and see Dr. Anne Best that she could help me with my Vertigo. I was skeptical but I thought I would give it a try. We both have seen therapists at Refresh in the past and always been thrilled with the results. Dr. Anne was able to fit me in that afternoon. She did some specialized head and neck movements which only took about 20 minutes but were extremely effective and also gave me instructions for at home care. That night I definitely felt much better and by morning my Vertigo bout was totally gone. I am thrilled to know that there is a PT treatment for Vertigo and that there is a therapist close to home that is extremely caring and wonderfully trained at treating patients with Vertigo. Thank you Dr. Anne Best” – Joyce E.