Balance, Dizziness, and Vertigo

What is vestibular therapy? 

Vestibular therapy is an exercise-based physical therapy program that involves a series of eye and balance exercises designed to improve symptoms of vertigo. Balance relies on your vision, sensation through your legs and feet, and your inner ear. If any of those three systems are affected, you may need balance training included in your program.

At your appointment

A physical therapist will take a thorough medical history, review any notes from your physician, perform a physical examination. This involves observing your eye movements, neck motion, balance, strength, walking, and visual stability. Based on the information gathered from your examination, a plan of care will be created. The goal of your treatment plan is to improve any problems that were identified, and restore your quality of life.

Common symptoms that can be helped with vestibular therapy include

  • Dizziness or difficulty focusing during head movements or while walking.
  • Neck tightness, stiffness and/or pain that arose due to restricting head movement in fear of causing increased vertigo.
  • Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
  • Headaches
  • Frequent falls
  • Room-spinning vertigo when getting into or out of bed
  • Motion sickness

We have center and branch locations in Gorham, South Portland, Portland, Newport, Brewer, Waterville and Auburn, Maine to better serve your needs.

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