Therapy to help decrease dizziness, improve stability and increase general activity levels
Our certified Vestibular Physical Therapists evaluate and treat patients with vertigo, balance and movement-related dizziness.
Our Vestibular, Balance and Fall Rehabilitation Services
Our therapists evaluate and treat patients with vertigo, balance, concussion
and movement-related dizziness. Vestibular rehabilitation patients are
provided with appropriate habituation exercises, balance retraining and
positional maneuvers to allow them to manage and control their symptoms.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise approach to managing symptoms of inner ear disorders.
Improve stability with ambulation
Increase general activity levels
People with the following functional problems may benefit from a referral to a rehabilitation program:
Persistent position or movement-related dizziness
Disequilibrium or imbalance
Increased sensitivity to visual motion stimuli, difficulty focusing
Secondary complaints such as fatigue, headaches and muscle tension because of dizziness
Symptoms resulting from concussion
A Vestibular Therapist will perform a clinical assessment, which focuses on three major areas:
Evaluation of the neuromusculosketal system including general range- of-motion, strength, sensation and coordination testing
Balance and gait assessment
Balance and gait assessment includes testing that allows comparison of a person’s level of balance function to his or her age group. Static and dynamic balance skills are assessed during gait.
Vertigo assessment begins with a dizziness questionnaire to determine the frequency and severity of symptoms. Specific position testing helps to determine the cause of vertigo so it can be treated effectively.
After the assessment the therapist establishes an individualized functional program. Specific maneuvers and exercises are used to treat the dizziness.
The Vestibular Rehabilitation program consists of exercises in these areas:
Canalith repositioning maneuvers for the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Habituation exercises for management of dizziness
Balance retraining exercises designed to improve coordination of muscle responses as well as using sensory information for balance control
Fitness exercises to increase general activity levels
In addition to their home program, patients are seen in Rehabilitation Services one to two times per week for an average of two to five weeks. During outpatient therapy, progress is monitored and home exercises are modified as needed to achieve optimal patient outcomes.
How to Get Started
For more information about our Vestibular Rehabilitation Programs, contact either of these locations:
Olathe Health offers a wide range of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology and specialty therapies for children and adults. Our licensed therapists work with inpatients at Olathe Medial Center and Miami County Medical Center and outpatients at 11 convenient locations in Johnson and Miami counties.
Certified Therapists provide specialty rehabilitation services like Hand
Therapy, Pediatric Therapy, LSVT for patients with Parkinson’s and