Balance is about much more than good vision, sturdy feet and staying
away from the edge. Tiny organs deep in the inner ear, known as the
vestibular system, help the brain keep the body on an even keel. But
inner ear disorders, neurological
problems, stroke, or
other types of head or spinal
injuries can result in chronic or acute dizziness, nausea, and
vertigo. Vestibular rehabilitation at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital helps
patients get back to a normal, active life.
Balance Therapy and Vestibular Rehabilitation: Our Approach
The many vestibular therapies available at Bryn Mawr Rehab give patients
the tools to successfully manage their symptoms. Based on individualized
evaluations, treatments include a range of physical and occupational
therapy techniques in the following forms:
visual exercises—improves ability to maintain gaze while in
home exercises—enables independent condition management
patient/family education—teaches how to identify dizziness
triggers and develop strategies to minimize effects
Our dedicated team uses
state-of-the-art technology, like the Smart Balance Master®, to
understand sensory input and improve balance control. Vestibular rehab
patients participate in physical,
occupational and speech
therapy, as needed, and have access to supplementary services like aquatic
therapy and driver rehab.
Our ultimate goal is getting every patient back to their workplace,
household responsibilities, family and social life.
Balance therapy patients can choose from a range of convenient
locations throughout Philadelphia’s western suburbs.
Almost half of patients seeking physical therapy for balance arrive at
Bryn Mawr Rehab because their symptoms interfere with their job or home
life. Many may have already tried medications or even surgeries to
manage their symptoms. Vestibular therapy helps people with acute or
chronic dizziness, balance deficits—often related to stroke,
brain injury or other
neurologic problems—and loss of function as a result. The expert
vestibular therapists at Bryn Mawr Rehab offer an excellent success rate
for patients committed to recovery.
For more information, call 1.866.CALL.MLH.