Physical Therapy for Vertigo

Dizziness and vertigo can be debilitating and cause your world to “spin” and be out of control.  Dizziness (including vertigo) affects about 15% to over 20% of adults. 35% of US adults age 40 years and older had evidence of balance dysfunction.

BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is the most common vestibular disorder. BPPV accounts for up to one-third of vertigo presentations, can occur at any age.

Our certified balance/vestibular therapists are trained to evaluate and develop treatment plans to quickly help you to recover from dizziness or long term balance issues. 

Seeing Our Balance/Vestibular Team

What Can I Expect From My Vestibular Therapy Appointment?

a woman helping an elderly man with a walker
Vestibular Therapy

Vestibular therapy is specialized physical therapy for balance disorders. These disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post-sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness.

Our vestibular physical therapy team will complete an extensive medical history, including your current lifestyle and future goals, followed by a detailed evaluation of your inner ear issue. Our vestibular-certified team will perform various standardized tests for balance/gait and inner eye movement. An individualized balance retraining plan will include:

  • Focus on getting you back to normal activities as quickly as possible. 
  • Gaze stabilization strategies.
    • Assisting the brain to overcome dizziness and improve your balance awareness. 
  • Habituation exercises.
    • Improves one’s brain’s compensation for injuries or abnormalities within the vestibular or balance system. 
    • A maneuver performed by the physical therapist to manipulate the calcium crystals found in the inner ear.
  • Canalith repositioning maneuver or others. 
    • Various maneuvers are performed by the physical therapist to manipulate the calcium crystals found in the inner ear to aid in acute vestibular issues. 
  • Individualized home exercises.
    • Your therapist will guide you through your exercises to perform in your home.

The most commonly diagnosed vestibular disorders include benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular migraine, post-sports concussion, and cervicogenic dizziness.

Vestibular therapy along with balance training has many benefits including:

  • Decreased fall risk
  • Improved balance 
  • Decreased dizziness
  • Increased confidence to maintain balance
  • Recovery from concussions 
  • Return to athletic performance