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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Besides hearing, the ear provides a sense of balance. If the inner ear, or vestibule, is affected by any of a variety of disorders, a person may suffer from dizziness or a diminished sense of balance.

To reduce the effects of vestibular disorders, Providence Centralia Physical Therapy offers comprehensive vestibular diagnostic testing as well as vestibular and balance therapies.

Balance and vestibular conditions therapy may benefit people with:

  • Positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Dizziness, vertigo or motion sickness
  • Chronic light-headedness or disorientation
  • Frequent falls or balance difficulties
  • Neurological conditions

Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation by a physical therapist specially trained in vestibular and balance therapy. The evaluation includes an examination of balance reactions, vision and gait, and – if the patient is at risk for falling – posture, strength and joint mobility. They analyze movements that provoke vertigo. Then they design an individualized treatment program, which may include balance and visual retraining, exercises to reduce sensitivity to movement or canolith repositioning.

Most health insurance plans will cover physical therapy treatment and diagnostic testing. A physician’s referral may be required.

Please call to make an appointment for balance and vestibular conditions therapy.