React Physical Therapy’s vestibular rehabilitation therapy program offers a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating patients with complaints of dizziness, vertigo, motion sensitivity, instability, and a history of falling. Symptoms due to vestibular disorders or age-related loss of balance can diminish the quality of life and can make simple daily tasks very difficult and unsafe to perform. This often leads individuals to live a sedentary lifestyle or have to modify basic tasks such as getting into and out of bed. Living a less active lifestyle may also lead to future problems such as loss in muscle strength and stamina creating a vicious cycle of reduced activity and poor quality of life.
Our goal of therapy is to reverse this cycle by discovering the exact source of your dysfunction and creating a customized rehabilitation program focused on reducing your symptoms, improving your stability, and getting you to move again with confidence.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of physical therapy that uses specific exercises to improve the efficiency of your vestibular and central nervous system. Abnormal functioning in parts of your brain such as your cerebellum, inner ear, or visual cortex may lead to dizziness or instability.
Our exercises work by either enhancing existing neural mechanisms in the brain or teaching you to learn how to use new parts of your nervous system to complete a task due to a concept called neuroplasticity. Theoretical concepts often used in therapy are adaptation, substitution, compensation, habituation. Which particular strategy used is individually dependent and will be determined by your therapist and how you are progressing in your therapy. Exercises may involve balance training focusing on basic day-to-day tasks that predispose someone to fall like transitioning from sitting to standing to complex balance training such as walking on uneven surfaces with your eyes closed. Exercises also often involve head movements and visual retraining which are essential in stimulating and retraining the vestibular system and your eye’s ability to focus on a specific target. This training will allow for improved postural strategies and awareness of where you are in space so you can move around in all different environments without feeling dizzy or feeling fearful or falling.
“If you are looking for a peak performance or serious healing this a place to go to. It’s a fantastic team of professionals that work really well together. After a thorough evaluation of your personal therapeutical needs they will come up with a customized plan. You just need to be committed and keep showing up at least once a week and the results will be there within a few weeks if not before.”
“This is a special place. My life would be much different if I hadn’t found React. Probably a life of limitations and pain pills. Their techniques combined with one on one time with trained professionals and some hard work will enable the change you desire. I highly recommend anyone with pain to setup time. You don’t have to live in pain.”
“As a competitive triathlete, React in the West Loop over the years has gotten me through two meniscus tears and now a recent rotator cuff issue. The staff and facilities are outstanding and along with getting me healthy, I appreciate the time educating me on what exercises I should do to remain injury free. Both Michele Schultz and Charles Queano are highly recommended and they really care about your well being.”
“Michele is seriously the best and the main reason I keep coming back to React. I go to React on a weekly basis for a chronic shoulder injury and I always leave feeling so much better than when I came in. Throughout our time together Michele has encouraged me to try a bunch of different exercises, stretches and even treatment options. Michele thought I might benefit from dry needling so she introduced me to Andrew who is also awesome. Can’t say enough good things about working with her, she truly is the best.”
“I am so indebted to React. For so long, having pain in my shoulder was so normal, I didn’t even think about it. The first time I woke up and walked around for hours before realizing I wasn’t in pain was amazing. I can’t thank them enough for their detailed, careful, and hard work to fix me up.”
“For the past 2-3 years I had been experiencing right leg pain, back pain, and a slew of other issues. A friend of mine referred me to React and I’m truly amazed by my progress. A few months later and I’m now 100% healed. If you have imbalances, flexibility issues, mobility issues, call React.”
“What Dave did to me in 3 weeks was deemed “night and day” by my local athletic doctor. He let me stay after and train for hours after my appointment. He showed personal care in my well being and answered every question I threw his way. I’m still not 100 percent, but I continue to get stronger and more agile by the day. Dave educated me about my body and I’m now pursuing my goal to get back on the ice.”
“A silver medal for your rehabbed athlete! There was a lot of chop in the water but my shoulder held up and I had a good swim, until a guy kicked me in the face and left me with a nice shiner. My bike time was the fastest I have ever done at the World Championships and my run was the slowest I have ever done at the World Championships. Looks like my shoulder had more impact on my legs than my arms! But I was thrilled to cross the finish line, a feat I never would have accomplished without the wonderful care I received from all of you!”
“The biggest change is explosiveness and everything lined up before the game…[Having] all my joints lined up and muscles activated. It allows me to be more explosive out there on the field and that’s important at a skill position as a running back.”
All our React physical therapists are trained to identify and treat general vestibular issues and can refer you as needed. Therapy sessions are one on one and exercises are based on each individual’s deficits.