Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VTR)Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is now being offered by Dr. Jason Manning and Dr. Ben Martin at Oklahoma Physical Therapy. Vestibular Rehab Therapy, also known as VRT, is a special rehabilitation program in which the physical therapist assists with balance issues and dizziness. Vestibular disorders occur when the vestibular system becomes damaged. The vestibular system comprises of the inner ear and the brain and is in charge of processing sensory information which controls balance and eye movements. When the vestibular system becomes damaged you may experience dizziness, nausea, vertigo and even impaired postural control. These systems can be reduced by visiting a physical therapist for VRT.

The result of Vestibular Rehab Therapy is to reduce the intensity, frequency and duration of dizziness, improve balance, aid in coping strategies and reduce any pain and dizziness occurred while moving the neck. It can also reduce visual disturbance, falls due to balance issues and reduce gaze instability. However, if VTR is untreated it may cause challenges in performing regular daily activities. This lack of ability to perform these regular functions can create a sedentary lifestyle and a person’s quality of life begins to diminish.

At Oklahoma Physical Therapy our trained physical therapists will partner with you to create a treatment plan that is customized to your needs. During VTR, your physical therapist will complete a thorough evaluation that measures your posture, mobility, strength, gaze control, balance and coordination. The treatment plan starts off with a comprehensive clinical examination which helps the physical therapist identify any problems related to the vestibular disorder. This will include questions and a discussion to better understand your symptoms and how the symptoms impact your daily life. Your treatment may also include balance exercises, gait training, strengthening, conditioning and flexibility exercises and habitation exercises. Functional exercises such as sit to stand may also be included in your treatment. In order to create the most effective plan for you and your family, additional tests may be administered in order to obtain as much information as possible.

To make an appointment you can contact us online at online at or via the phone at 405-749-6281. We look forward to assisting you with your recovery and to help you get back to a normal active lifestyle.

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