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Is your Balance Problem an Ear Problem?

At Pivot Physical Therapy we have certified vestibular therapy clinicians that help patients recover from inner ear discrepancies due to injury or illness before it causes a loss of equilibrium, resulting in dizziness, vertigo, loss of balance and other unpleasant symptoms.

What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular Therapy refers to treatments carried out by a specially trained physical or occupational therapist to improve the function of the inner ear following injury or illness.  After injury, the signals that our inner ear sends to our brain are not always accurate, causing disconnect between what our eyes see and what our inner ear tells our brains is happening.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of inner eat problems. BPPV is the result of tiny calcium carbonate crystals displacing from their normal location in the utricle of the inner ear due to infection, trauma or aging

Infection, injury and disease can cause long-term damage to the structures of the inner ear, which can lead to over-dependence on the visual system (eyes) and the proprioceptive (muscles and joints) for information on the body’s equilibrium.  Such long-term symptoms can lead to behaviors or postures that limit functional activity or head movements, which detracts from quality of life.

How Can Pivot Help?

The licensed clinicians at Pivot Physical Therapy offer the latest vestibular therapy programs:

  • Canalith Repositioning Techniques (often referred to as the Epley maneuver) is a series of body and head positions that treat BPPV.  This is often successful in relieving symptoms as early as the first visit!
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based treatment that is designed to decrease dizziness symptoms, improve balance and increase functional activity levels in those with non-compensated, but stable vestibular dysfunction.

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Let us help get you back to being steady on your feet! Find the Pivot clinic closest to you by calling 844.PIVOT PT (748.6878) or by searching by city or zip code below.