WHAT IS VESTIBULAR REHAB?
Your vestibular system includes parts of your inner ear that communicate with your brain. The vestibular system helps control balance and eye movements. If your vestibular system is affected, you will experience symptoms of dizziness, vertigo and/or poor balance. Patients who experience systems of vestibular dysfunction will benefit from a type of physical therapy called “Vestibular Rehab”.
Leah De Stigter, DPT, is a physical therapist certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation from the American Institute of Balance.
• Undergraduate: Dordt College with Exercise Science Degree
• Graduate: University of Iowa with Doctorate of Physical Therapy Degree
WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM VESTIBULAR REHAB:
Patients with symptoms such as:
• Vertigo (room spinning sensation) especially with head movements or position changes
• Difficulty walking in busy visual environments (ie grocery stores)
• Poor balance.
Patients who have been diagnosed with one of the following:
• Vestibular neuritis
• Vestibular migraine
• Post-concussion dizziness
• Meniere’s disease
• Cervicogenic dizziness
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A PHYSICAL THERAPY EVALUATION:
• Subjective interview to discuss dizziness/balance symptoms in great detail
• Neurological and musculoskeletal exam
• Oculomotor exam (assessing eye movements with head movements)
• BPPV/vertigo positional testing
• Balance exam
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TREATMENT:
(Depending on your diagnosis, your treatment may consist of one or several of the following)
• Patient education
• Repositioning techniques (for BPPV – typically requires only 1-2 visits for full recovery of symptoms)
• Habituation exercises
• Balance exercises
• Gaze Stabilization exercises (simple eye/head movement exercises)
“I was bothered by the usual symptoms of dizziness upon looking up or down, getting up too quickly, turning and changing positions in bed. After having my initial appointment with Leah, I noticed a big improvement right away! However, I continued to be bothered by dizziness at times when I would turn in bed. After two more treatments, I am happy to say I have no more symptoms! I would recommend this treatment to anyone with similar symptoms.”
If you are unsure if you would benefit from type of physical therapy called Vestibular Rehab, call us today to discuss your symptoms over the phone to determine if physical therapy is right for you!
Hull physical therapy: (712) 439-2266
Sioux Center Health Therapy Center: (712) 722-8125