What is Balance Disorder?
The inner ear – or vestibule – regulates your balance together with your visual and other sensory systems. When you have an inner ear disorder, your brain no
longer receives accurate signals from the vestibular system. Depending on the severity of symptoms, this can result in:
• Motion Sensitivity/Lightheadedness
• Blurred Vision/Headache
• Poor Balance
The balance system is very complex and 40% of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their life.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a specific form of physical therapy designed to minimize dizziness symptoms and balance disorders. By improving vestibular function and improving methods of central adaptation and compensation, VRT aims to do the following:
• Improve balance and minimize falls
• Decrease sensations of dizziness
• Improve stability during activity
• Improve neuromuscular coordination
• Decrease anxiety due to vestibular disorientation
• Improve vision and decrease headaches
Some people with Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV) may benefit from a special procedure called the Canalith Repositioning Technique that often restores function
How To Get Started With Vestibular Care
Our physical therapists with specialized training will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms and assess your specific needs. You will learn exercises to improve your balance and techniques to decrease the frequency and intensity of vertigo and reduce related symptoms.