Vestibular Therapy — Balance and Falls Therapy
Vestibular Therapy, also known as Balance Therapy, is specialized physical therapy directed at the vestibular component of the nervous system. The vestibular system uses information from the eyes, inner ears, and extremities to help keep your body balanced. Sometimes this information is incomplete or distorted, causing dizziness and vertigo, difficulty balancing and walking that can lead to falls, challenges with postural control and flexibility and strength deficits in your muscles and joints.
The purpose of vestibular therapy is to restore good communication between these sources of information and the brain in order to decrease dizziness and and vertigo, and restore balance to reduce fall risk. Successful treatment can take as few as 1-2 sessions and is dependent on the causes. Following a detailed evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to address your specific situation.
What to expect during vestibular therapy.
Following a detailed evaluation, our physical therapists work with patients to develop an individualized treatment plan. Each plan of care includes specific head and body motions to be performed in the clinic and at home. These activities help to optimize movement patterns, develop muscles and enhance an individual’s brain-body communication. The prescribed head and body motions progress over time to help patients achieve their goals and increase tolerance for movement.