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Vestibular Therapy

Do you experience dizziness, imbalance, motion sickness, sensitivity to noise or light, headaches, or nausea? Evidence has shown that vestibular rehabilitation can be effective in improving symptoms related to many inner ear and balance disorders.

Although many different conditions can cause dizziness, vertigo is typically a sign of a vestibular or inner ear disorder. The inner ear uses a series of fluid-filled chambers and tunnels to sense movement and how your body is positioned relative to gravity.

Your body relies on your inner ear as well as your vision and proprioception (sensation from joints and muscles) to maintain your balance. The brain processes information from these three systems to keep you upright and your vision steady. When the inner ear is damaged, it sends faulty signals and your brain may misinterpret the information, making you feel as if you are spinning. Common causes of vestibular dysfunction include head injury, aging, and viral infection.

Vestibular therapy is an exercise-based program, primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. Each patient receives a custom treatment plan which may include posture training, vision stability training, balance retraining, neck mobility, and stretching and strengthening exercises.

The primary goal of physical therapy is exercise and movement. These unique therapies may be used in conjunction with other treatments to create a comprehensive plan customized for you. To determine if therapy would be an option, talk with your primary care provider or contact Crossing Rivers Health Rehabilitation and Therapy.

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