Vestibular Rehabilitation

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Program

Individuals with vestibular – or inner ear – problems can experience loss of balance and dizziness or vertigo. This often leads to reduced activity and the inability to participate in recreation or work.

Other areas of dysfunction, such as pain, stiffness and weakness in the jaw, neck or upper back can also contribute to symptoms of dizziness and vertigo. Headaches are commonly associated with vestibular disorders as well. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of therapy that evaluates for primary involvement of the inner ear, and assesses for contributing factors in the head and neck regions. A specific treatment program is then created to alleviate symptoms and meet client goals.

Benefits of working with Vestibular Physical Therapist:

Our vestibular rehabilitation program is a combination of hands-on and exercise-based techniques designed to address the specific impairments determined by a comprehensive evaluation. We treat a variety of acute and chronic vestibular problems. Treatment sessions consist of an hour of one-on-one patient care.

Common disorders treated with Vestibular Rehabilitation

Age related dizziness and imbalance, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Bilateral and Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction, Cervicogenic Dizziness, Dizziness caused by neurological problems (such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s), Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis, Meniere’s Disease, Migraine-Associated Vertigo, Ototoxicity, Persistent Postural Perceptual Dizziness, Vestibulobasilar Insufficiency.

Treatment May Include:

  • Activity modification

  • Balance training

  • Cervical spine treatment

  • Development of home exercise program

  • Eye and head movement retraining such as adaptation, habituation, compensation and substitution

  • Manual techniques to relax muscles and restore joint mobility

  • Posture and stability training

Frenzel Goggles

At APT, we pursue excellence in how we treat and diagnose our patients by utilizing the best equipment. Frenzel goggles are extremely useful in the evaluation of patients with vestibular disorders. In essence, they combine the utilities of magnifying glasses and a lighting system for the benefit of each patient. When Frenzel’s goggles are placed on the patient, and the room lighting is dimmed, nystagmus is easily identified as the patients eyes are well illuminated and magnified. Frenzel goggles are one of the many ways we seek to provide quality care and take our team one step closer to advancing physical therapy in Alaska.

Yana Watanabe