If you are experiencing dizziness caused by vestibular challenges or medical conditions, a referral to a physical therapist who specializes in vestibular rehabilitation may help.
What is vestibular rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is specialized physical therapy that will help assess your:
- positions and activities that result in dizziness
- goals for activity and function
- sensory integration
What to expect from vestibular rehabilitation
Treatment options can include:
- balance retraining
- canalith repositioning procedure and/or exercise
- exercises to strengthen and address other issues relating to your muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue
- gait retraining
- general conditioning
- treatment for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) including canalith repositioning
- vestibular therapy
You will also receive instruction in a home exercise program you will be asked to do in between therapy sessions.
- balance issues
- dizziness and vertigo
- cervical and central dizziness
- BPPV (benign positional paroxysmal vertigo)
- vestibular hypofunction
Vestibular rehabilitation at Allina Health
- Our therapists work with adults, teens and kids.
- Physical therapists work closely with other care team providers (occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical medicine & rehabilitation providers, ear, nose & throat (ENTs) providers.
- Minnesota and Wisconsin allow direct access to receive physical therapy services, but your insurance plan may require a referral for payment. Please check with your insurance plan or contact our scheduling office for assistance.
- We work closely with referring physicians to provide timely communications every step of the way.
- Before your first visit, please complete the Patient Intake Questionnaire.
Source: Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute
Reviewed by: Lynette Leuty, PT
First published: 4/22/2019
Last reviewed: 4/19/2019