Vestibular Rehabilitation


Patients with Vestibular Dysfunction often complain primarily of Dizziness and “Spinning” sensation as well as Headaches, Deconditioning, and Muscle Tension.

WHAT IS Vertigo

Many people who suffer from acute dizzy spells can be helped by physical therapy. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is characterized by a brief episode of vertigo (spinning) every time your head moves into a specific position. Common causes for this disorder are trauma to the head (concussion, motor vehicle accident, etc.) and acute infection, but frequently the cause is unknown. Patients usually complain of a spinning sensation being provoked by lying down, rolling over in bed, bending over or looking up. Common activities that can provoke this sensation include getting out of bed, gardening, washing hair in the shower, and going to the dentist or beauty parlor.

The main symptom that people with BPPV complain of is having a feeling of spinning related to a certain position of the head. Other symptoms may include nausea, occasional dizziness, occasional light-headedness, and an overall sense of not feeling quite right. The symptom of spinning may come on immediately when you get into the provoking position or it may be delayed from 0 to 40 seconds.

Patients that may benefit from vestibular & balance rehabilitation

  • Chronic Imbalance
  • History of Falls
  • BPPV
  • Post Concussion Syndrome
  • Post-CVA and other Neurological Disorders
  • Pre & Post Surgical Patients for Acoustic Neuroma, etc.
  • Post Labyrinthitis & Neuronitis
  • Unilateral & Bilateral Vestibular Loss
  • Other Balance Disorders
  • Motion Sensitivity

Treatment techniques

  • Canalith Repositioning Techniques for Anterior, Posterior and Horizontal Canals
  • VOR Adaptation and Habituation Exercises
  • Balance Re-Education
  • Gait Training and Recommendations for Assistive Devices
  • Education in Fall Prevention and Safety
  • General Conditioning, Strengthening and ROM
  • Relaxation Techniques & Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Motion Sensitivity Habituation