Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based and/or manual program, designed by a specialized physical and occupational therapists, to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related problems in patients with various vestibular issues. While Dizziness is generally not serious, it is often a sign of a mechanical problem in the body that should be addressed. Dizziness can be due to an inner ear disorder, a side effect of various medications, a sign of cervical dysfunction, or due to a more serious problem such as a brain or a heart problem. See your specialized therapist at NELA Rehab for more information and to determine if your vertigo/dizziness symptoms can be treated with therapy.

Who needs vestibular rehabilitation?

While anyone who suffers form dizziness/vertigo symptoms may benefit from therapy, common diagnoses of those appropriate for vestibular therapy as as follows:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Imbalance
  • Meniere’s syndrome
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Neck-related dizziness
  • Migraines
  • Stroke
  • Brain Injury

Common symptoms that can be helped with vestibular rehabilitation include:

  • Dizziness or blurry vision with head movements
  • Neck tightness, stiffness and/or pain
  • Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
  • Headaches
  • Frequent falls
  • Generalized “dizziness, wooziness and foggy head” feelings
  • Vertigo/spinning

What type of recovery/outcome can I expect from vestibular rehabilitation?

Expected vestibular rehabilitation outcomes include:

  • Decreased fall risk
  • Decreased dizziness symptoms
  • Improved balance
  • Improved ability to stabilize vision/gaze
  • Increased body strength
  • Return to prior level of movement/function
  • Increase in confidence in ability to maintain balance
  • Improved neck motion, reduced symptoms