Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Your vestibular system includes parts of your inner ear that communicate with your brain. The vestibular system helps control balance and eye movements. If your vestibular system is affected, you will experience symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and/or poor balance. Patients who experience systems of vestibular dysfunction will benefit from a type of physical therapy called “Vestibular Rehab”.

Who would benefit from Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Patients with symptoms such as:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (room spinning sensation) especially with head movements or position changes
  • Difficulty walking in busy visual environments (ie grocery stores)
  • Poor balance.

Patients who have been diagnosed with one of the following:

  • BPPV
  • Vestibular neuritis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Post-concussion dizziness
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Cervicogenic dizziness

What to expect during a physical therapy evaluation:

  • Subjective interview to discuss dizziness/balance symptoms in great detail
  • Neurological and musculoskeletal exam
  • Oculomotor exam (assessing eye movements with head movements)
  • BPPV/vertigo positional testing
  • Balance exam

What to expect during treatment:

(Depending on your diagnosis, your treatment may consist of one or several of the following)

  • Patient education
  • Repositioning techniques (for BPPV – typically requires only 1-2 visits for full recovery of symptoms)
  • Habituation exercises
  • Balance exercises
  • Gaze Stabilization exercises (simple eye/head movement exercises)
Patient Testimonial

I was bothered by the usual symptoms of dizziness upon looking up or down, getting up too quickly, turning and changing positions in bed. After having my initial appointment with Leah, I noticed a big improvement right away! However, I continued to be bothered by dizziness at times when I would turn in bed. After two more treatments, I am happy to say I have no more symptoms! I would recommend this treatment to anyone with similar symptoms.

If you are unsure if you would benefit from this type of physical therapy called vestibular rehabilitation, call us today to discuss your symptoms over the phone to determine if physical therapy is right for you!

Contact Information

Therapy Center: (712) 722-8125
Hull Physical Therapy: (712) 439-2266

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Physical Therapist

Leah DeStigter, DPT

Certification: Vestibular Rehabilitation
Location: Hull