Vestibular Therapy

Our vestibular therapists specialize in treatment of balance impairments and dizziness. Three systems contributing to balance are examined; vestibular system (equilibrium), visual/ oculomotor and Spatial orientation inputs. An exercise program is customized to address the patient’s specific needs. Conditions treated include but are not limited to Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular hypofunction, migraine associated vertigo, cervicogenic dizziness, and oculomotor dysfunction.
 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Why am I dizzy?
Dizziness and imbalance can be from both vestibular and non-vestibular causes. Your inner-ear (vestibular system) helps your brain orient to gravity. Your brain then integrates the signals from your vestibular system, eyes, body to determine where it is in space and keep your balance. Your vestibular physical therapist can evaluate you to determine if it is caused by a true vestibular problem, some other cause or a combination of factors. 

Is dizziness the same as vertigo?
Vertigo is described as a sense of spinning and is typically treated differently than dizziness or lightheadedness. Link to video of goggles

I am afraid to do vestibular therapy because I hear it makes you worse.
A vestibular physical therapist will try to identify what activities are making you dizzy, in order to treat you. Vestibular rehabilitation will make you dizzy initially but this will gradually improve and ultimately can be eliminated entirely.