Vestibular Therapy

What is Vestibular Therapy?

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy – often referred to as vestibular therapy – is an exercise-based program provided by physical therapists to improve and treat the symptoms caused by vestibular disorders.

What Does Vestibular Therapy Do?

Vestibular therapy aims to improve balance and reduce symptoms associated with dizziness. It can help patients:

  • Treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Decrease symptoms of dizziness 
  • Decrease the risk of falling
  • Improve balance
  • Improve ability to stabilize vision/gaze with head movement
  • Increase body strength and improve overall conditioning
  • Return to prior level of functioning and reduce social isolation

Causes and Symptoms

Many of the diagnoses below can cause vestibular dysfunction:

Common symptoms related to vestibular dysfunction
  • Dizziness or blurry vision
  • Vertigo (sense of spinning)
  • Neck tightness, stiffness and/or pain
  • Imbalance and difficulty walking
  • Lightheadedness
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Vision impairment (double or blurry vision, difficulty focusing)
  • Nausea
  • Brain fog or cognitive changes
  • Headaches


When to Seek Vestibular Therapy

Patients who are diagnosed with dizziness, vertigo, imbalance or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), or those who are experiencing vestibular dysfunction due to a related neurological condition, may benefit from vestibular therapy. 

To pursue treatment, patients should obtain a script from their neurologist or healthcare provider. At your therapy session, a physical therapist will review your medical history and evaluate your symptoms before developing an individualized plan of care.  

Contact Us

To make a referral or schedule an appointment, call 844-234-8387.