Alaska Physical Therapy Specialists
Alaska Physical Therapy Specialists

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy


Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based therapy program that maximizes the body’s natural ability to compensate for balance disorders.  A comprehensive evaluation is performed to determine the nature and extent of impairment as a result of the vestibular disorder.  This evaluation includes:

  • History and onset of symptoms
  • Identification of risk factors
  • Balance, coordination, and agility testing
  • Gait/Stance evaluation
  • Oculomotor exam
  • Positional or maneuver-induced assessment
  • Review of medical condition with collaboration with physician
  • Review of lifestyle and individual needs

Based on the results of the evaluation, a customized treatment program is developed to return the individual to daily activities and independent function.

VRT treatment includes:

  • Balance Re-Training to include static and dynamic systems
  • Sensory Organization Training
  • Gaze stabilization
  • Habituation exercise
  • Compensatory strategy
  • Canalith Repositioning Treatment for BPPV
  • Aerobic Conditioning
  • Functional Mobility training
  • Manual therapy to cervical spine/paravertebral muscles
  • Environment and home modification to reduce fall risk

Your therapist will work with you to understand your goals and develop a treatment plan to achieve those goals through physical therapy.  Our treatments have an individualized, patient-centered focused. All treatments are one-on-one so you can expect to receive optimal care during each treatment session.

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