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Does Vestibular Therapy Really Work? Here’s What to Know

Vestibular therapy is a type of rehabilitation therapy used to treat patients dealing with dizziness, vertigo, and other balance-related issues. The therapy involves exercises that target the vestibular system, which is the system responsible for maintaining our balance and spatial orientation. At Move Empower Concierge Physical Therapy, we offer a wide range of programs designed to assist with balance issues, including elements of vestibular therapy. But, what does vestibular therapy really do? Does it actually help improve balance and quality of life? The data shows us the truth.

 

In a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, scientists found that vestibular rehabilitation was effective in reducing symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, and unsteadiness in patients – and in the long run, it did lead to improved quality of life.

 

Additionally, the Physical Therapy journal showed that therapy using elements of vestibular rehabilitation helped reduce falls and improve balance in elderly individuals that had been injured from a fall in the past. The same study also showed that vestibular therapy was more effective than basic exercise programs.

 

What Else Does Vestibular Therapy Help With?

 

Along with dizziness and balance, vestibular therapy can be used to treat those that have dealt with a traumatic brain injury. As a full service therapy practice, the team at Move Empower Concierge Physical Therapy uses elements of vestibular therapy with other holistic approaches to help train the body after traumatic injuries, and typically sees great results.

 

Despite the host of studies that have been done on the effectiveness of vestibular therapy and its methods, we always encourage patients to understand that everyone is unique. Depending on a condition’s severity, underlying causes, or even the ability to engage in therapy, outcomes can be quite different.

 

Vestibular therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy that should only be performed by a trained healthcare professional. Fortunately, Move Empower Concierge Physical Therapy provides those professionals, and then some. For years, we’ve been Austin’s go-to for quality concierge physical therapy services. If you’re dealing with dizziness, vertigo, or a traumatic injury, our unique blend of holistic therapy and attention to detail may make us the perfect choice for your needs. Contact us online to schedule a free consultation!

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