Vestibular & Balance Therapy

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AthletiCare Kenmore
1495 Military Road
Kenmore, NY 14217
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AthletiCare Orchard Park
3669 Southwestern Boulevard
Orchard Park, NY 14127
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Mount St. Mary's Center for Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation
Witmer Park Medical Center
One Colomba Drive, Suite 5
Town of Niagara, NY 14305
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Mount St. Mary's Hospital
5300 Military Road
Lewiston, NY 14092
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Partners In Rehab Depew
6199 Transit Road
Depew, NY 14043
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Partners In Rehab East Aurora
94 Olean Street
East Aurora, NY 14052
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Partners In Rehab Sisters Hospital
2157 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
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Partners In Rehab St. Joseph Campus
2605 Harlem Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
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Partners In Rehab West Seneca
550 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
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Vertigo, dizziness, spinning, wooziness, imbalance, tilting environment, off-balance, light-headedness, ear fullness, nausea, falls, motion sickness: what do these words have in common? They are all symptoms or terms that may be associated with a vestibular (inner ear) disorder.

There are many causes for dizziness, but a large percentage of cases are caused by an imbalance or loss within the peripheral vestibular system. Forty percent of people over the age of 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their lives.

Conditions Treated

  • Unilateral Vestibular Dysfunction
  • Bilateral Vestibular Dysfunction
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) – one of the most common causes of vertigo
  • Central Vestibular Dysfunction

Types of Therapy

Because each set of symptoms and the individual's needs are different, the programs are individually designed to meet each patient's specific needs.

The exercise-based program is designed to:

  • Decrease frequency, intensity and duration of vertigo or dizziness
  • Improve balance
  • Increase functional independence
  • Decrease related symptoms such as headaches, nausea, light-headedness, etc.
  • Develop compensatory strategies for coping with dizziness, disequilibrium and anxiety

The program may include:

  • Gaze stabilization exercises to improve your vision while the head is moving
  • Oculomotor (eye) exercises
  • Positional exercises
  • Visual vestibular exercises
  • Dynamic and static balance exercises
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Functional training / gait training
  • Epley's maneuver / Canalith repositioning maneuver – simple head maneuvers that can be used to prevent dizziness