Vestibular Therapy

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I had a great physical therapist, Sandy at Flower Mound. Everyone was great, my injury will take a year or so before I can get back to physical activity, but the staff has provided me with the tools to aid my recovery. Thanks.
W.R. Blackmon

Vestibular Therapy

Locations Available: The Colony, Quinlan, Arlington, Southlake, Bedford, Fort Worth, Hebron, Mansfield.

Who can benefit?

Patients with both peripheral vestibular disorders, dysfunction of the organs of the inner ear, AND central vestibular disorders, dysfunction within the central nervous system, can benefit from physical therapy.

Patients typically referred for vestibular rehabilitation therapy are those diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness and migraines. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury or who frequently fall.

Common symptoms that can be helped with vestibular rehabilitation include:

  • Dizziness or blurry vision with head movements
  • Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
  • Headaches
  • Frequent falls
  • Generalized “dizziness, wooziness and foggy head” feelings
  • Vertigo/spinning

Dizziness: We Can Help!

Dizziness is a symptom that many adults suffer from and can be treated with Vestibular Rehabilitation. Vestibular Rehabilitation is a customized treatment program by a vestibular physical therapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.

Dizziness comes in different forms. It can commonly be described as:

  • Lightheadedness
  • Spinning
  • Swaying
  • Disequilibrium
  • Feelings of unsteadiness
  • Feeling of falling
  • Spatial disorientation
  • Difficulty focusing on objects in view
  • Sensitivity to lights or busy patterns

These symptoms may occur when you are standing still, lying down or changing positions. The symptoms can be constant or episodic in nature, only lasting seconds, minutes or hours.

How can physical therapy help?

Peripheral vestibular disorders are treated with repositioning maneuvers, a series of specific head and body positions performed with the assistance of your physical therapist. The most common is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), which is typically treated effectively and fairly quickly (1-3 visits) with the canalith repositioning maneuver. This treatment has a high success rate if diagnosed correctly and followed up with proper self-management of the patient at home. After resolution of BPPV symptoms, some patients may continue to have non-specific dizziness or imbalance that can be treated with the exercises described below.

Central vestibular disorders are treated with a cluster of highly customizable exercises intent on compensating for vestibular damage by learning to use other senses as a substitute. Three common methods are:

  1. Habituation: repeated exposure to symptom-provoking movements or stimuli that will eventually be ignored by the brain with time and practice.
  2. Gaze Stabilization: designed to improve control of eye movements to promote better focus of objects during movement.
  3. Balance Training: aimed at challenging a person’s balance in order to improve steadiness during more simple activities.

Contact your nearest Great Therapy Centers Clinic for more information on vestibular rehab and how it can help your patients suffering from dizziness.

Convenient Locations to serve you:

  • Fort Worth
    • 5950 Bryant Irvin Road, Suite 100
    • Fort Worth, Texas 76132
    • Phone: (817) 294-4646
    • Fax: (844) 364-1297
  • Mansfield
    • 1497 Highway 287 N., Suite 101
    • Mansfield Texas 76063
    • Phone: (817) 473-4684
    • Fax: (866) 277-8919
  • Arlington
    • 400 W. Arbrook, Suite 151
    • Arlington, Texas 76015
    • Phone: (817) 472-8383
    • Fax: (844) 364-1705
  • Bedford
    • 2419 Highway 121
    • Bedford, Texas 76021
    • Phone: (817) 835-8025
  • Southlake
    • 190 S. Peytonville Ave., Suite 100
    • Southlake, Texas 76092
    • Phone: (817) 753-3093
    • Fax: (844) 840-7353
  • Lewisville
    • 751 Hebron Parkway, Suite 160
    • Lewisville, Texas 75057
    • Phone: (972) 395-0500
    • Fax: (844) 364-1304
  • The Colony
    • 4713 Highway 121, Suite 306
    • The Colony, Texas 75056
    • Phone: (469) 362-2607
    • Fax: (844) 364-1303
  • Quinlan
    • 8885 Hwy 34 South, Suite B
    • Quinlan, TX 75474
    • Phone: (903) 356-4100
    • Fax: (903) 356-4140
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Richard Kelly and Dena Aitken, therapists working in the fields of physical and occupational therapy, had a vision of a different kind of therapy environment—one that was relaxed and provided evidence-based treatment in a therapist and clinical driven setting. In the summer of 1997, they acted on their dream by founding the Greater Lewisville Therapy Center.

Encouraged by patients having a good experience and positive outcomes and the enthusiastic support of the local physicians for their concept, Richard and Dena opened a second center in Plano, Texas. Today, GTC operates more than 20 centers in DFW area cities each operated by a licensed therapist and a staff that focuses first on patient needs and comfort. Richard and Dena continue to manage GTC and hope to expand their vision into other Texas communities in the future.