What is Vestibular Therapy 2018-01-06T22:58:18+00:00

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What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular therapy is very effective in improving symptoms of vestibular and balance disorders. Dizziness, vertigo, and disequilibrium has a major impact on a person’s life and without proper therapy, symptoms might spiral out of control. Three systems control our balance: vestibular, proprioceptive (where you are in space), and vision. They work in close coordination with each other and if there is a problem with one or more area, a person may feel like they do not have control of their balance (disequilibrium). Treatment focuses on strengthening all components and teaching the body to compensate and adapt as needed. You don’t have to live like this forever.

Length of therapy varies depending on what the problem is. BPPV, for example, though symptoms can be very severe and overwhelming, may only need one to three visits. Chronic dizziness and multiple system disorders most often require a longer duration of therapy.   Treatments may include canalith repositioning techniques, motion sensitivity exercises, gaze stabilization or eye exercises, balance and proprioceptive retraining, core strengthening, and manual therapy for head and neck pain. Therapy needs to be specific to the individual and their symptoms – one type of treatment does not fit all.

Types of Vestibular and Balance Disorders

The vestibular system is the inner-ear balance system that works together with our vision and musculoskeletal system to provide information to the brain to keep us balanced.   Vestibular disorders can include:

BPPV – Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo

Vestibular Neuronitis or Labyrinthitis

Age related dizziness and imbalance

Cervicogenic Weakness

Post-concussion syndrome

Mal de Débarquement

Migraine Associated Vertigo or Vestibular Migraine

Ménière’s Disease

Motion Sensitivity


Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness

Vestibular Hypofunction

Superior Canal Dehiscence

Post-surgical Vestibular Weakness

General Weakness