Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular Rehabilitation in Westminster, CO

Dizziness and imbalance issues can cause confusion and be frightening for the person experiencing it. Whether suffering from mild dizziness or full blown symptoms of vertigo or imbalance, this disorder can be serious. Fortunately, with an evaluation from a physical therapist, this condition can be treated with Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy? 

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is a program which is designed to use exercise to promote improved balance and help improve dizziness sometimes related to inner ear problems but not always. The program uses specialized exercises to increase stability in dizziness related conditions.

How do I know I need Vestibular Rehabilitation?

While dizziness is caused by many different underlying problems, the symptoms that benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation are usually similar.

They include:

  • Blurry vision after head movements
  • Vertigo or a spinning sensation
  • Stiff neck
  • Dizziness or feeling off balance
  • Frequent falls
  • The need to hold onto things to stay upright while walking
  • Inability to change positions without feeling dizzy

What should I expect from a Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy appointment? 

An initial consultation to evaluate the problems experienced by the patient and the exercises that will help them is required to understand the true need of the patient. Following evaluation, the physical therapist will decide which special exercises will help the symptoms the patient is experiencing. Since every exercise plan is different, these can range anywhere from stretching,  retraining the patient’s balance, to adaptation exercises and otoconia repositioning.

Some patients may only need 1 or 2 sessions, while others may need several months of therapy. “Homework” is often given to patients to continue treatment at home. This is important to the healing process as it further promotes balance and can even prevent further problems from arising.

What is the outcome of Vestibular Rehabilitation? 

Therapists focus on decreasing dizziness and vertigo, improving balance, and improving confidence in balance. Usually, patients notice the best results when they continue use of the exercises they learned, seeing dramatic decreases in their symptoms, or even no symptoms at all after therapy.

If you feel that you have a problem with dizziness or vertigo and could benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy, Independent Physical Therapy in Westminster, CO can help. Visit www.independentpt.com to schedule a consultation for Vestibular Rehabilitation today.

For more information on Vestibular Rehabilitation in the Westminster, CO area call Independent Physical Therapy at 303-410-8178 today!