Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program. Designed by a physical therapist, this therapy aims to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.

Patients typically referred for vestibular rehabilitation therapy are those diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) and migraines. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury or who frequently fall.

Vestibular rehabilitation can help improve some common symptoms like:

  • Dizziness or blurry vision with head movements
  • Neck tightness, stiffness and/or pain
  • Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
  • Headaches
  • Frequent falls
  • Generalized “dizziness, wooziness and foggy head” feelings
  • Vertigo/spinning

At your appointment, a physical therapist will evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history. Your assessment will include areas such as:

  • Balance and/or leg strength/flexibility
  • Gait (how you walk)
  • Visual stability and mobility
  • Neck mobility and neck and arm strength
  • Positional testing, including an inner ear exam

Based on the findings, a plan of care is developed. The goal of your treatment plan is to improve any deficits that were identified. This, in turn, will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling and ultimately, improve your quality of life.