Balance and Vestibular Therapy

Balance and Vestibular Therapy

Preferred Physical Therapy has Certified Vestibular Rehab physical therapists who provide specialized treatment for dizziness and balance dysfunction. Vestibular is the medical term for the inner ear. It is a key source of signals regulating balance. These signals travel from the inner ear to the brain and then out to the muscles and joints that control your physical movements. Signals from other parts of the brain as well as from eyes, muscles and joints also contribute to balance. These signals all converge in the brain stem where they are sorted out and mobilized as instructions that travel along motor-nerve fibers ending in your muscles. The muscles enable your head and neck, eyes, legs and the rest of your body to move in such a way that you maintain balance and a clear vision while you are moving. Our specially trained therapists will design your unique program to reduce dizziness, improve balance, and improve the general quality of life with vestibular dysfunction.

Commonly Treated Conditions Include:

  • Vertigo and dizziness
  • Imbalance, difficulty walking or turning a corner
  • Nausea, ear pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to change in walking surface or footwear
  • Core hip weakness
  • Trouble focusing vision
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Forgetfulness
  • Discomfort in busy visual environments, i.e., traffic, crowds, stores
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing in ear)
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Anxiety, panic, depression

Physical Therapy Treatments

There are many different kinds of physical therapy. Some are passive, that is, done to the patient; others actively engage the patient in physical movement.

Passive Physical Therapy for Balance

  • Canalith repositioning
  • Activity modification
  • Education

Active Physical Therapy for Balance

  • Balance training
  • Strength training
  • Core strengthening
  • Gait training
  • Flexibility training
  • Activities of daily living
  • Visual tracking exercise
  • Proprioceptive training

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