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What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation involves a variety of physical therapy treatments targeting the vestibular system. The vestibular system includes structures within the inner ear along with its connections to the brain and the body. A few of the functions of the vestibular system include stabilizing gaze during head movements and maintaining the bodies’ sense of equilibrium. Typical symptoms of impairments from the vestibular system include dizziness, vertigo or “spinning”, decreased balance, nausea and headaches. Vestibular disorders are seen in patients of all ages from childhood to older adults.
How Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help You
Vestibular disorders include the following: Bilateral vestibulopathy, labryinthitis, vestibular neuritis, Meniere’s disease, and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). Treatments may include recalibration of vestibular system reflexes through exercises, balance exercises, repositioning maneuvers or gait exercises during physical therapy.
Therapy for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) typically causes vertigo or “spinning.” Patients commonly report that they feel the room spinning with specific position changes and may refer to their “crystals being loose.” This diagnosis is quickly and effectively treated with a repositioning maneuver with the supervision of a physical therapist.
Do I Need a Prescription for Vestibular Rehabilitation or Vertigo Therapy?
A prescription for vestibular rehabilitation or vertigo therapy is preferred, although you may begin therapy without it by self-referring. Discuss this with your Primary Care Physician if you feel that you may be benefit from vestibular rehabilitation or vertigo therapy.
Contact ESSMC Today for Vestibular Rehabilitation & Vertigo Therapy
Want to feel better, play better, and live better with ESSMC?
If you are looking for vestibular rehabilitation or vertigo therapy in the Pittsburgh area, call 412-856-8060 x214 and speak with Marielle Bonaroti for more information