Managing Dizziness & Balance Disorders
Don’t let balance disorders disrupt your life…
The inner ear - or vestibule - regulates your balance together with your visual and other sensory systems. When you have an inner ear disorder, your brain no longer receives accurate signals from the vestibular system.
Depending upon the severity of symptoms, this can result in:
- Motion Sensitivity/Lightheadedness
- Blurred Vision/Headache
- Poor Balance
Your balance system is very complex and 40% of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their life.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a specific form of physical therapy designed to minimize dizziness symptoms and balance disorders. By improving vestibular function and improving methods of central adaptation and compensation, VRT aims to do the following:
- Improve balance and minimize falls
- Decrease sensations of dizziness
- Improve stability during activity
- Improve neuromuscular coordination
- Decrease anxiety due to vestibular disorientation
- Improve vision and decrease headaches
Our physical therapist with specialized training will conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the cause of your symptoms and assess your specific deficits. You will learn exercises to improve your balance and techniques to decrease the frequency and intensity of vertigo and reduce any related symptoms.
Over 90% of our patients who follow their treatment plans experience improvement.
We will work closely with your referring physician to help facilitate your recovery.
Contact your health care provider to discuss a referral for physical therapy if you are having any of these issues. If your insurance does not require a physician referral, you may contact us directly. Call our Burien (206) 242-5186, Kent/Des Moines (206) 824-3668, Tukwila (206) 248-3080, or the West Seattle (206) 933-1030, office to schedule your initial evaluation.