Vestibular & Balance Therapy Program at Grand View Hospital
Whether you have been living with dizziness or poor balance for just a few weeks or a few years, you know how it affects your daily life. The simplest of tasks can be frightening. Fortunately, Grand View's Vestibular and Balance Therapy Program, featuring a specially-trained vestibular therapist, helps improve your stability and reduce your dizziness and risk of falling. This program is a part of Grand View's Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Department.
Problems Treated with Vestibular and Balance Therapy
Our vestibular system, located in the inner ear, helps control your sense of balance and orientation. Vestibular disorders can cause imbalance, dizziness, vertigo, nausea, headaches, motion sensitivity, and the inability to focus vision while moving your head. Many of these same symptoms occur post sports and work related concussions. Through vestibular and balance therapy, these symptoms from inner ear disorders, concussion, migraine, brain injury, or stroke can improve and quality of life is regained.
Vestibular and Balance Therapy Teaches the Brain to Compensate
Vestibular and balance therapy is an exercise-based approach to treating dizziness and balance disorders—using all the senses that contribute to balance and orientation: specifically the vestibular and vision systems and the sensation in our feet and legs. Our specially-trained vestibular therapist uses a range of exercises, including:
- Balance exercises to help regain stability and prevent falls
- Visual – vestibular exercises to aid recovery of clear vision especially during head movement
- Motion sensitivity exercises that allow your brain to become accustomed to normal movements that are causing you dizziness
- Repositioning maneuvers (including Epley maneuver) to eliminate vertigo that results when crystals that belong in the inner ear have dislodged to another part of the inner ear
These exercises are all customized for you with the goal to regain your quality of life for daily living challenges such as walking and driving, for sports and work.
Specially Trained Vestibular Therapist at Grand View
Our vestibular therapist, a licensed physical therapist, has advanced training in evidence-based treatments of vestibular disorders and imbalance, successfully completing the Competency Based Course in Vestibular Rehabilitation at Emory University.
A Personalized Treatment Plan
During your first appointment, our vestibular therapist will thoroughly assess your dizziness, balance, strength, flexibility, walking, and safety. Next, the therapist will design a challenging and safe treatment plan specifically for you. You will also learn about your disorder, and how to move and maintain balance.
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