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What Is Vestibular Therapy?

Posted on by Peter Batz, PT, DPT, OCS, CMTPT/DN, AIB-VR/CON

Vestibular Physical Therapy or Vestibular Rehab Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based treatment program which is designed to decrease symptoms of dizziness, spinning or loss of balance. The word “vestibular” refers to a connection between the ears and the brain which assists with balance while doing things throughout the day.


3 Patient Success Stories Who Tried Vestibular Therapy And Got Their Balance Back

Posted on by Kimberly Smith, PT, DPT, VRT

Vestibular Therapy is more than just helping you avoid injuries from falls. Our therapists help you manage your symptoms, teach you strategies and techniques to feel safe, as well as validate your entire experience. Our therapists are trained to provide a safe space to navigate your “invisible” condition. Our sessions are meant to help you feel heard, educate you on what to expect on your journey, and how to manage the good and not-so-good days.


What Does Physical Therapy Look Like After A Concussion?

Posted on by Steve Middleton PT, DPT, MTC, ATC

Concussions, or mild traumatic brain injuries, are an unfortunately common occurrence in sports, affecting as many as 3 million athletes per year. Concussions can cause immediate impairments, but newer research has also identified the risk for long-term complications, especially as the person suffers multiple concussions. Even with an increased emphasis on concussion recognition, only about 50% of sports-related concussions are reported and treated.


Spinning Into Springtime: Here’s How Physical Therapy Can Put An End To Your Dizziness

Posted on by Carrie Rohr, PT, DPT, AIB-VRC, AIB-VRII

Have you ever felt the world spinning around you when getting up, lying down, rolling in bed, bending forward to pick something up, or looking up at the sky? Are there times when you feel dizzy or a bit “off,” like you need to take an extra step to keep your balance? Do you ever feel that your eyes have difficulty keeping up with your head movement?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be dealing with an impairment of your vestibular system, and physical therapy may be able to help!


Why Physical Therapy Is Your Best Bet For Treating Concussions

Posted on by Davy Brewster, PT, DPT, ATC/L, FMS-I, CCVR

“I didn’t know that there was Physical Therapy for that!” I hear a variation of this phrase from most patients and even some physicians when I tell them that I am a physical therapist specializing in concussions. Over the last several years, much research has gone into concussions and treatment options. We confidently say that physical therapy is often very effective at treating concussion symptoms. We have also learned that 70% of concussions heal spontaneously on their own within 20 days. That brings up the question: When should someone seek physical therapy for their concussion? Recent research indicates that despite most concussions healing on their own, there is a benefit to starting physical therapy quickly.


Vertigo, Verti-gone: How Physical Therapy Can Help You Shake Dizziness and Prevent Falls

Posted on by Molly Runquist, DPT, COMT, Emory Competent, AIB-VRC

You roll over in bed to silence your alarm clock when suddenly, the room begins to spin. You roll quickly back towards the center of the bed with significant fear of not knowing up from down or if you may fall out of bed. The spinning is severe, disorienting, and can even cause the uncomfortable sensation of nausea. However, within a minute or so, it seems to settle until you try to get up again. There are lots of types of dizziness experienced by millions of people daily, but this sensation is true vertigo. Vertigo is characterized by spinning dizziness, and you will first want it to be verti-gone. In this case, a physical therapist is one of the best professionals for you to visit.


How PT Can Help You Put Migraines in the Past

Posted on by Molly Runquist, DPT, COMT, Emory Competent, AIB-VRC

Imagine a scene that may be familiar to you: You are moving through your day when suddenly, a migraine hits. You may have to call into school or work. You may become nauseous or dizzy. You feel pain in your head and neck. You may even only be able to feel better if you lay down in a dark, soundless room alone and wait for the migraine to pass or your medication to begin working. Migraines are a debilitating condition with over 3 million US cases each year and become very common from age 6 to above 60. But did you know there are more options for you than just medications and lifestyle changes? Physical Therapy is a worthy option to assist in the treatment and may even help you get better faster.


Types of Headaches: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

We have all experienced a headache. Some headaches may be a mild annoyance, and others are brutally painful. Headaches can be defined as pain in any region of the head, but the intensity, duration, cause, and location can vary drastically per person and type of headache. Some studies suggest 1 in 20 adults experiences a headache every or nearly every day. In this blog, we’ll discuss the various types of headaches and how physical therapy can help.


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