Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dizziness is one of our most common patient complaints which is why we offer balance and vestibular rehabilitation. Your symptoms may include lightheadedness, spinning, floating or unsteadiness. These symptoms may last from seconds to hours.

There are many sources of these symptoms including medications, or cardiovascular, neurological, anxiety, and vestibular disorders. It is important to have an evaluation by a physician to determine the exact source of your symptoms. Many times, the source is the vestibular system. If this is the case, our physical therapists can evaluate and treat these symptoms.

Your dizziness and/or imbalance can be attributed to:

  • BPPV
  • Otolith Dysfunction
  • Vestibular Labyrinthitis
  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Ototoxicity
  • Meniere’s Syndrome
  • Neurologic Disorders (stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Deconditioning

The Body’s Balance System

To assist in maintaining balance and visual stability, your vestibular system typically detects head motion and position. When the system is not functioning properly, you may face any of the issues listed above, as well as experience imbalance, have difficulty walking, even fall and sustain injuries. You’ll likely try to avoid any movement as to not provoke these symptoms. Vestibular problems may also hinder you from accomplishing daily activities, from taking the dog for a walk to getting the laundry done.

Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation

The vestibular system normally detects head motion and position to aid in maintaining balance and visual stability. When there is a problem with this system, you may avoid movement to prevent provoking symptoms. You may also have difficulty completing daily or leisure activities, experience imbalance and walking difficulties, and may become deconditioned and/or fall and sustain injuries.

Once a vestibular diagnosis has been made, you may be referred to physical therapy for balance and vestibular rehabilitation. Our physical therapists, specially trained in vestibular disorders, will then evaluate you for physical performance with encountered environments and fall risk.

An exercise program is designed to address balance, dizziness, and overall fitness. Patient education is stressed to facilitate your understanding. Our physical therapists will also maintain communication with your physician to ensure complete care.

Balance Therapy Includes:

  • Strengthening
  • Safety awareness
  • Postural and balance exercises
  • Gait exercises
  • Vestibular stimulation
  • Proprioception tasks
  • Sensory integration
  • Patient education

Need Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Contact our office nearest to you – Boulder, Golden or Westminster.