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:

  • Sensorimotor retraining—introduces balance techniques
  • Visual exercises—improves ability to maintain gaze while in motion
  • 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.

Patient profile

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.

To schedule an appointment with a Bryn Mawr Rehab clinician for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services, call 484.596.5000.