Services - Dizziness and Disequilibrium Therapy
Dizziness, vertigo, hearing loss, vision disturbances, muscle pain, and nausea can all be symptoms of vestibular (inner ear) disorders. Progressive Physical Therapy offers a unique vestibular rehabilitation program that will re-train your brain to correctly process the information it receives from your inner ear, allowing you better coordination, and stabilization.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program, designed to reduce the symptoms of dizziness and disequilibrium associated with inner-ear disease or disorders. VRT involves specific balance and coordination exercises that can significantly reduce, or often eliminate, symptoms by balancing inner-ear function with the central nervous system.
The VRT program is designed to:
- Decrease dizziness and visual symptoms.
- Increase balance and walking functions.
- Increase general activity levels.
A common approach for managing dizziness and disequilibrium is to prescribe medication that suppresses vestibular function. However, in the long-term, such suppressants can interfere with a person's ability to make necessary adaptations. Additionally, many of these medications may cause drowsiness, and limit a person's ability to be active.
The best available clinical evidence shows Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy exercises to be effective in reducing symptoms of many types of vestibular disorders. Treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (known as BPPV, or simply vertigo) using canalith-repositioning maneuvers by a physical therapist is more effective that medication or other forms of exercise-based therapies.