Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is an evidenced-based approach to help with a variety of vestibular problems including Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), reduced inner ear function of one or both sides (unilateral/bilateral vestibular hypofunction), labyrinthitis, and vestibular neuritis. Some conditions require follow up treatments, but others such as BPPV (vertigo that is triggered by specific changes in head position that cause an intense but brief episodes of spinning sensations) is effectively treated often in just one visit. Some typical symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunctions include dizziness, vertigo (room spinning), lightheadedness, imbalance, sensitivity to movement of the head and/or eyes, sensitivity to busy environments (ie the grocery store), nausea, difficulty concentrating, and blurred vision. Treatment is individualized based on assessment findings but may include manual therapy of the vestibular balance organs and/or the neck, education and appropriate exercises to address motion sensitivity, balance/walking difficulties or vestibular dysfunction.