Vestibular rehabilitation therapy at UMass Memorial Medical Center is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits and balance disorders.
Vestibular and Balance Disorders Rehabilitation in Central Massachusetts
When your vestibular organs are damaged with disease or injury, this often results in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems and other symptoms. Many people are able to recover from these symptoms on their own after a few weeks of normal activity because the brain has adapted.
If you suffer from unresolved inner ear disorders or dizziness, you will receive specialized interventions in the Vestibular Rehabilitation Program to help reduce or eliminate symptoms, and also receive education on coping strategies for safety and function.
The goal of vestibular rehabilitation treatment is to:
- Retrain the brain to normal activity
- Reduce or eliminate vertigo, dizziness, nausea, muscle tension, headaches and fatigue
- Restore balance and posture
Vestibular and Balance Disorders Rehabilitation Treatment at UMass Memorial Medical Center
Vestibular rehabilitation treatment starts with a thorough evaluation by a qualified physical therapist or occupational therapist who will perform an evaluation that begins with a medical history and includes:
- Questionnaire measuring the frequency and severity of symptoms
- Observing and measuring posture, balance and gait
- Compensatory strategies
- Eye-head coordination tests
- Discussion of associated lifestyle changes
Using the evaluation results, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home. These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system and coordinate them with information from vision and proprioception.