Vestibular & Balance Rehabilitation

Addressing the complex problems of balance dysfunction.

About the problem

Concorde Therapy Group offers treatment for various causes of dizziness and balance deficits that can help reduce a person’s risk of falls or traumatic injury.  Our vestibular system, along with our brain, vision, muscles, and joints, helps us maintain balance.  If one of these systems is malfunctioning, we may experience the sensations of motion intolerance, dizziness, or disequilibrium.

Why am I dizzy?

Changes in the inner ear may occur for multiple reasons. These include illness, trauma, infections, or the natural aging process. The first step is to identify the source of these symptoms.  Illuminated Frenzel Lenses are utilized to magnify the eye and block fixation to enhance evaluation accuracy.  A balance, strength, or neck assessment may also be performed.

Types of Therapy

There are four primary types of therapy.  More than one type may be indicated for the best possible outcome.

  1. A Canalith Repositioning/Liberatory Maneuver is utilized to treat a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). This occurs when crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and float within the canals of the vestibular system.  Treatment may be completed in as early as 1 to 2 visits.
  2. Vestibular rehabilitation is prescribed for patients with severe symptoms that require supervised exercises to reprogram the vestibular system’s connection with the brain. Home exercises are incorporated throughout the process to accelerate recovery.
  3. Balance rehabilitation helps the patient that complains of unsteadiness, or the fear of falling. Treatments improve safety with walking in the dark, on uneven surfaces, up stairs, and in the community.
  4. Cervicogenic dizziness may occur in patients following injury, with a history of arthritis, or from stressors of everyday activity. Myofascial release techniques are used in addition to stretching, range of motion, and postural strengthening exercises to enhance positive outcomes.

Dizziness does not have to be a part of everyday life.  Concorde’s Vestibular Program can help patients return to a safe and active lifestyle sooner with therapeutic maneuvers, adaptation techniques, balance exercises, and skilled hands on care.  Clinical services for patients with vestibular disorders are available in Belden Village, North Canton, and Hartville.