Vestibular Rehabilitation

The Vestibular Rehabilitation Program provides treatment for people with vertigo and vestibular (inner ear) disorders. The vestibular system, in addition to the senses of touch/position and vision, contributes to one’s ability to maintain balance. If someone has a problem in his or her inner ear, the brain cannot rely on information from the vestibular system to assist with balance. The result is dizziness or being off-balance. These feelings can lead to limitations in daily activities, with the avoidance of simple movements such as looking up or bending over.

The goal of treatment is to reduce or eliminate vertigo and dizziness, improve balance and walking and reduce sensitivity to visual stimulation and motion.

An order from a physician or approved healthcare provider is required for physical therapy evaluation and treatment. For information or to set up an evaluation, call Rehabilitation Services - Physical Therapy, Vestibular Rehabilitation Service at 425.251.5165. Referrals may be phoned in or faxed to 425.656.4028.

Vestibular Rehabilitation can benefit patients with the following conditions:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular hypofunction following neuritis or labyrinthitis
  • Chronic Meniere’s disease
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Post-acoustic neuroma resection
  • Ototoxicity
  • Age-related vestibular degeneration

Treatment includes:

  • Canalith repositioning treatment for BPPV
  • Gaze stabilization exercises to improve visual acuity during head motions
  • Balance training
  • Habituation exercises to reduce motion-provoked dizziness

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