Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is a treatment approach used to reduce or eliminate dizziness and unsteadiness through movement.

Our body maintains balance through the interactions of the signals from our ankle/feet, eyes and the inner ear-the vestibular system with the brain. When all these systems work in sync, we have good balance. However, when our vestibular system fails to function properly, we experience spinning sensation of our environment or become unsteady while walking, especially in the dark or in crowded places. It is estimated that a little over 40% of adults suffer from dizziness at some point in their lives, with a vast majority of these cases being attributed to vestibular dysfunction.

So, what do we do to resolve this vertigo?

  1. Canal repositioning techniques: In this case, a person experiences spinning sensation due to dislodgement of calcium crystals in the inner ear. Your physical therapist will put you through a few positions to allow the crystals to regain its original position. You will then be given a few instructions to follow for a couple of days after which you should start to feel better. A few sessions may be required to fully resolve this issue.
  2. Therapeutic exercises: In this case, it is the reduced functioning of your vestibular system that is causing your unsteadiness. Your physical therapist will teach you few exercises in order for the brain to re-adjust or re-learn to cope with the problem. Eventually, the body will adapt itself and not overly react to the dizziness-provoking stimuli.

With the ever-increasing cost on the healthcare system from falls and its aftermath, it may be a better choice to consider physical therapy to resolve your balance issues and reduce the burden of care.

What does your physical therapist do?

First things first. As a physical therapist I want to ensure that you feel at home when you walk in through my doors. Your trust is important for the success of the physical therapy program tailored to your needs. Eventually I would like to maintain a good therapeutic alliance to ensure future service, if need be. Here is the typical approach:

  1. Listen to you carefully to find out what exactly is impacting your present condition.
  2. Provide comprehensive assessment using a biopsychosocial approach- physical, psychological and social/vocational components.
  3. Arrive at a hypothetical diagnosis and formulate a treatment plan based on the physician’s recommendation, if any.
  4. Provide treatment in a safe and effective manner utilizing hands-on approach/manual therapy, exercises and movement re-education. I may use E-stim and therapeutic ultrasound as an adjunct to facilitate the healing process.
  5. Communicate with your physician about the present progress and any changes in your condition.
  6. Ultimately the goal is to optimize movement, recover function and enhance performance to help you return safely to what you like doing.

Victor Physical Therapy

8523 Madison Ave, Suite D

Indianapolis, IN 46227

Ph: 317-893-4091

Fax: 317-893-4020


Clinic Hours[Flexible Upon Request]

Sunday         Closed

Monday        9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Tuesday        9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Wednesday  9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Thursday       9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Friday           9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Saturday       Closed