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Vestibular Rehabilitation (Dizziness and Balance Management)

Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment (VRT)

Salina Regional Health Center's rehabilitation services offer vestibular rehabilitation. Many people over age 40 experience dizziness or balance problems at some point in their life caused by an imbalance or loss within the peripheral vestibular system. Often dizziness puts someone at risk of falling and keeps them from their normal activities.

After special testing, we can determine what special exercises and positioning techniques are needed to help resolve the dizziness.

What happens during Vestibular Rehabilitation

A qualified therapist will first perform a thorough evaluation. This includes observing posture, balance, movement, and compensatory strategies.

Using the result of this evaluation, the therapist will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body, and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home. Many times, treatment may also include increasing activities and exercise in order to strengthen muscles and increase tolerance for symptom-provoking stimuli.

In most cases, balance improves if the exercises are performed faithfully. Muscle tension, headaches and fatigue will diminish and symptoms of dizziness and nausea will decrease or disappear. Many times VRT is so successful that no other treatment is required.

For information about this program, call (785) 452-6787.