Blogs from June, 2024

Young man participating in vestibular rehabilitation with a physical therapist. He is doing balance exercises on a balance ball.

Helping Patients Get Back on Their Feet

Vestibular disorders, such as vertigo and balance issues, can significantly impact an individual's quality of life. These conditions often lead to dizziness, imbalance, and a lack of coordination, making even simple daily activities challenging.

However, physical therapy offers a promising avenue for managing and improving these symptoms. ProFysio Physical Therapy offers vestibular and balance therapy services, providing tailored treatments that can make a profound difference in our patients' lives.

Understanding Vestibular Disorders

The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, plays a critical role in maintaining balance and spatial orientation. When this system is disrupted due to injury, illness, or other conditions, it can lead to vestibular disorders. Common symptoms include:

  • Vertigo (a sensation of spinning)
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Unsteadiness

How Physical Therapy Can Help Patients with Vestibular Disorders

Physical therapy is highly effective in treating vestibular disorders. Through specialized exercises and interventions, physical therapists can help retrain the brain and body to compensate for vestibular dysfunction. Treatment methods include the following and more:

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of physical therapy designed to alleviate symptoms of vestibular disorders. VRT involves customized exercises aimed at improving gaze stability, postural control, and overall balance. These exercises can help the brain adapt to changes in the vestibular system, reducing dizziness and improving coordination.

Gaze Stabilization Exercises

Gaze stabilization exercises focus on improving the control of eye movements so that vision remains clear during head movements. Patients practice moving their heads while keeping their eyes fixed on a stationary target. Over time, these exercises can reduce symptoms of dizziness and improve visual focus.

Balance Training

Balance training is crucial for individuals with vestibular disorders. Physical therapists utilize various techniques, including walking exercises, standing on different surfaces, and functional movement drills, in order to enhance balance and coordination. These exercises help patients regain confidence in their ability to move safely and independently.

Habituation Exercises

Habituation exercises are designed to reduce dizziness through repeated exposure to specific movements that trigger symptoms. By gradually increasing exposure, the brain becomes accustomed to these movements, thereby decreasing the intensity of dizziness over time.

Specialized Vestibular & Balance Therapy at ProFysio

The benefits of vestibular and balance therapy are manifold. Patients who undergo this specialized form of physical therapy often experience significant improvements in their symptoms and overall quality of life. They typically report reduced dizziness, better balance, and enhanced ability to perform daily activities without fear of falling or losing their balance.

Vestibular disorders can be challenging to live with, but improvements are always possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with vertigo, dizziness, or other balance issues, don't hesitate to contact us. Our experienced team is here to provide the compassionate and effective care you need on your road to recovery.

For more information or to request an appointment, feel free to give us a call at (732) 812-5200 today.