- Are you worried about dizziness?
- Do you roll over in bed and feel like the room is spinning?
- Do you turn the corner and fall into the wall?
- Do you feel like you are moving when you know you are standing/sitting still?
- Is it hard to focus/read when you are walking or moving your head?
Physical therapy can help you!
Estimated 90 million Americans (42% of the population) experience dizziness at least once in their life. These problems can be frightening and limit your ability to function independently. Often dizziness is caused by an imbalance in the vestibular system. A person with vestibular dysfunction can also experience problems with balance and be at risk for falls. Vestibular physical therapy can be helpful to decrease the symptoms of dizziness or vertigo and improve balance and safety.
What is Vestibular Physical Therapy?
The vestibular system is located in the inner ear. It tells your brain how your head is oriented in space and helps control balance while standing and walking. The vestibular system also controls some reflexive eye movements to be able to see clearly while moving. When there is a problem with the vestibular system you can experience motion-related dizziness or vertigo, (spinning sensations). Vestibular physical therapy is a comprehensive approach of manual therapy and exercises designed to lessen dizziness symptoms, improve balance, and help you return to prior functional level.
What are some symptoms that may benefit from Vestibular Physical Therapy?
- Sensation that you or the room is spinning.
- Dizziness that occurs in some positions or with changes in position.
- Persistent/constant dizziness.
- Frequent falls.
- A sense of falling or being off balance.
- Motion sickness while walking or moving.
- Consistent problems with balance or walking.
- Sensation of feeling unsteady.
What will an evaluation consist of?
- Thorough history and symptom review.
- Neck evaluation.
- Vestibular testing (which may include use of infared goggles and/or balance testing).
What are the goals of Balance and Vestibular Physical Therapy?
- Decrease symptoms of dizziness and imbalance.
- Decrease the risk of falls.
- Improve balance.
- Increase independence in the home and in community activities.
- Increase functional mobility and quality of life.
- Help return to a more active lifestyle.
Common Vestibular Disorders
- BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
- Vestbular Neuritis
Our vestibular specialty physical therapists are available to help you. A physician referral may be required prior to evaluation and treatment. Our staff is available to help you in this process if needed.