Vestibular Rehabilitation
Rochester NY

Vertigo, dizziness, and balance issues affect millions of people every year. If you have ever had an episode of vertigo, you know how debilitating It can be in your day-to-day life. Did you know that a specialized type of Physical Therapy can significantly decrease the symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, or balance difficulties? It is called vestibular rehabilitation. This is a specialized type of physical therapy designed specifically for these types of problems.


Your vestibular system is a part of your nervous system. Its primary role is to tell the brain where the head is oriented in space. When the vestibular system is not working correctly, you can experience multiple symptoms, including dizziness.  Your episodes can happen at any time and anywhere: standing, sitting, or lying down.

Often, positional changes, quick movements, and walking in stores or busy places can stimulate dizziness. When your vestibular system is not functioning correctly, it can leave you feeling nauseous and unsteady.


What causes our vestibular system to malfunction? Your vestibular system can naturally weaken as you age. Balance difficulties can start when our eyesight or hearing starts to diminish. Vestibular system malfunctions are often coupled with medical diagnoses, including Parkinson’s Disease, Meniere’s disease, head trauma, stroke, migraines, and many more. Dizziness and balance difficulties are also side effects of many medications. We know that vestibular disorders can significantly impact and diminish a person’s quality of life. The great news is that vestibular rehabilitation can significantly decrease your symptoms and give you your life back.

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on vestibular issues, including vertigo, nystagmus, balance, and dizziness. There are multiple ways that physical therapy can decrease your symptoms through adaptation, desensitization, and/or substitution.


Vestibular Rehab is typically done in an outpatient setting. Your Physical therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your health history and evaluate and treat you based on your symptoms and specialty test. These tests will provide your physical therapist with the information needed to know what type of treatment will best suit your needs. They will then provide you a customized exercise plan based on your evaluation findings. Treatment will include either Adaptation, Desensitization, or Substitution.  At the end of your treatment, you should expect improved balance, decreased dizziness, decreased risk of falling, improved vision stability, and improved confidence.

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