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Vestibular Rehabilitation

More than just balance

The vestibular system is made up of parts of the inner ear and brain which help to control balance and eye movements. If these areas are damaged by injury, aging or disease, vestibular problems can result.

We come into this world head first and go out feet first; in between, it is all a matter of balance. Paul Boese

What are the common symptoms of vestibular problems?

  • Light-headedness
  • Unsteadiness
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Sensation of spinning
  • Clumsiness
  • Stumbling
  • Difficulty tracking objects with the eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Poor depth perception

The type and severity of symptoms can vary a great deal ranging from momentary and mild to severe and disabling. A common problem is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It should be noted that many of the individual symptoms may be caused by conditions which are not related to the ear.

How are vestibular issues treated at Olympic Sports & Spine?

Your therapist will take a detailed history and complete an evaluation assessing your movement patterns, posture and muscle balance. A program will be designed for you to include light exercises as tolerated and soft tissue and joint work if needed.  Techniques to restore proper inner ear function may include a canalith repositioning maneuver (Epley maneuver). A home exercise program developed just for you will be included.  Self care instructions to help you minimize your symptoms will be reviewed.


This service is offered at:

Gig Harbor Clinic
Tacoma Clinic
Lakewood Clinic
Puyallup Clinic
South Hill Clinic
Spanaway Clinic
University Place Clinic

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