What is vestibular rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy program used to treat balance and dizziness disorders. Balance is affected by the central nervous system, eyes, muscles, and sensation of the lower extremities.
What can cause a vestibular disorder?
- Neurological disease
- Head trauma
- Blood pressure disorder
- Neck problems
- Loss of sensation in the feet
How is it diagnosed?
Because there can be many causes of a balance disorder, it is important to consult a physician or physical therapist to diagnose the vestibular issue and provide a proper course of treatment. Several types of diagnostic tests can help assess the condition. The healthcare provider will determine which tests are needed based on the patient’s symptoms and health status.
How is it treated?
If you have a vestibular disorder, your physician will refer you to a vestibular trained therapist for treatment.
A vestibular trained therapist will evaluate:
- Functional limitations
- Sensory integration
- Gaze stability
- Static and dynamic balance
- Positioning testing
Treatment can include:
- Special maneuver to restore inner function
- Strengthening exercises
- Balance retraining and balance strategies
- Manual therapy to address neck problems
- Eye reflux exercises
Vestibular Rehabilitation Specialist
With special training in the assessment and treatment of balance disorders, the vestibular rehabilitation therapists at Mendelson Kornblum Physical Therapy are able to develop an effective, individualized intervention program.