Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an alternative treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation for inner-ear deficits. The program is designed to achieve these goals.

  1. Decrease dizziness and visual symptoms.
  2. Increase balance and walking functions.
  3. Increase general activity levels.

The program may include exercises for:

  • Coordinating eye and hand movements.
  • Stimulating the symptoms of dizziness in order to desensitize the vestibular system.
  • Improving balance and walking ability.
  • Improving fitness and endurance.

Exercises vary depending on the type of inner-ear disorder and the associated symptoms.

Who Needs Vestibular Rehabilitation?
It is critical that persons entering a VRT program have a confirmed diagnosis of vestibular deficits. Most referrals come from otolaryngologists and neurologists.