Physical Therapy for Vertigo in Washington, D.C.

At Release Physical Therapy, our seasoned therapists perform comprehensive assessments to pinpoint the root causes of your vertigo problems. We then design individualized treatment plans aimed at promoting healing and relieving your specific issues.

Release Physical Therapy

Release is an award-winning physical therapy practice in Washington, DC. Release Physical Therapy provides the best in comprehensive, evidence-based treatments and personalized care. Our physical therapists use hands-on techniques and the latest technology to relieve pain, improve function, and enhance health and wellness. We welcome the chance to guide you on the road to better health through our personalized and integrated approach to wellness.

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Washington, D.C. Physical Therapy Treatment for Vertigo

Vertigo is defined as a sensation of motion where either you or the environment around you feels like it is moving, spinning, or swaying when there is no actual movement. This sensation is often described as dizziness. Dizziness is a primary complaint that accounts for 5.6 million visits in the United States per year.1  The onset of this sensation can often be disorienting and it makes it difficult to maintain one’s balance and can interfere with the performance of everyday tasks. Sometimes, the sensation may cause nausea or vomiting. Vertigo attacks can occur suddenly and last for a few seconds or much longer depending on the cause. Vertigo affects all ages and its cause varies from either a peripheral issue involving the part of the inner ear that controls balance, a central issue involving part of the brainstem, or the cerebellum, a part of the brain that controls balance.

At Release Physical Therapy, our experienced clinicians can evaluate and provide treatment for peripheral vertigo and create an individualized plan of care to restore your sense of balance and prevent falls or injury.

paul duffy
paul duffy
Best PT experience I’ve had thus far, and I’ve had quite a few. As a fitness professional and weekend foot soldier cyclist, I demand a lot from my body. Steph helped me restore stability and quality range of motion after my shoulder surgery and did far ahead of schedule. She’s the perfect balance of tough but caring, and above all very good at what she does.
jared hyman
jared hyman
The single best PT experience I’ve ever had.
Drew Fisher
Drew Fisher
Beautiful clinic and the therapist are highly skilled and knowledgeable. I always recommend Release to friends and family.
Phillip E
Phillip E
During a trip of mine in August 2021 I came to release physical therapy from NY. The majority of my therapy was dry needling and some post needling muscle re-education. I received dry needling mainly from Bettie Kruger. Mrs Kruger is a very efficient dry needler. Ive been to quite a few places and she definitely knows what she is doing. The function and effectiveness of dry needling is heavily dependent on the skill of the clinician. There are physical therapists in the D.C. area that I've been to first hand, who although they are certified in dry needling they haven't a clue what they're doing. Similar to some people who have a barbers license and still don't know how to cut hair. Aside from her skill in anatomy and needling Bettie is energetic, she doesn't cut corners or try to cheat you out of your time. She's not lazy. You'll get about 53 to 55 minutes for the hour. She is not against patient oriented care, meaning she is open and responsive to patient input and requests. Patient centered care is an extremely useful approach that helps relieve and calm down some of the psychologically induced brain and pain connections one may be dealing with. She doesn't just dictate to you what is going to happen because she is the therapist and youre the patient. I had a few sessions with Mrs.Simon, not as many as with Bettie. I'm pretty sure id have a very similar review and experience of her. Oh yeah they have a little blue tooth speaker playing music, they'll even let you change the music, turn it down or even turn it off if you want. The bathroom was very clean, had a cool automatic light as well as faucet water. The hand soap smelled good too. The office manager Mrs Gonzalez was competent in scheduling appointments and responding to emails. Shes nice, polite, soft spoken. Their Instagram is pretty cool and visually gives you some insight on what to expect. Oh yeah they do cupping, graston and from what I saw was ultra sound guided dry needling. Bettie's pretty good at feeling for the knots but it will be cool to see it in real time, meh. Alot of places in the d.c. region will give you a bunch of silly pictures or have some motionless photos that don't leave much to interpret. When you get to those places you ask yourself "what the".... Whether you're in need of a "touch up" from acute pain or in a slightly worse case of chronic or persistent pain. I wouldn't even waste my time looking around. I would just go to release PT especially compared to any other clinics/pts in the Maryland D.C area. I have some pretty not so nice things to say about other clinics.
Elisa Barnett
Elisa Barnett
Best physical therapist’s in the DC area!!! Personable, great staff, and an amazing massage therapist!!! Very clean & professional. Highly recommend!
Trip O'Connell
Trip O'Connell
I have had back and neck injuries for years, and the ladies at Release keep me in the game! They are miracle workers!

What is the best physical therapy for vertigo?

The most effective physical therapy for vertigo is known as vestibular rehabilitation. This is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the vestibular system and provides treatment to alleviate both the primary and secondary sources of vestibular dysfunction.

At Release Physical Therapy we have a team of skilled clinicians who can identify those primary and secondary disorders, create a treatment plan to address them as well as take the time during the hour allotted for each visit to address any other factors that may be contributing to your dysfunction.


How long does physical therapy take for vertigo?

Duration of treatment for physical therapy can vary and can be dependent on your condition, the cause of your symptoms, and the extent of your secondary symptoms.  Some patients experience improvement in the standard 6-8 weeks and others require longer. The most important thing is identifying the underlying cause of your vertigo, addressing it, and then providing treatment for the secondary symptoms that can arise including decreased balance and stability, decreased mobility, and decreased strength.


Is physical therapy good for vertigo?

Yes physical therapy, most specifically vestibular physical therapy is very good in the treatment of vertigo and can be very effective in providing relief from vertigo symptoms. Physical therapy can also play a key role in retraining the brain to properly recognize and interpret signals from your senses, helping to restore balance and stability and help the vestibular system work more effectively.


Does physical therapy work for vertigo?

Yes, specifically vestibular rehabilitation in which the therapist can aid in identifying the cause of the vertigo through diagnostic questioning, examination including special tests to observe your symptoms, as well as creating a personalized treatment plan to improve your symptoms and provide you with long-term management and relief.


How do physical therapists test for vertigo?

Examinations for vertigo include special positional tests done in a controlled environment known as supine roll and Dix-Hallpike test. During these tests, your therapist pays close attention to the involuntary eye movements that occur also known as nystagmus which typically can give insight into what is affected and causing the vertigo symptoms.

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What do physical therapists do for vertigo?

At Release Physical Therapy, our team of Physical therapists can evaluate you for vertigo, provide one-on-one treatment for the primary and secondary symptoms that arise, as well as help and guide you through exercises and treatment in retraining your body to cope with specific triggers for your vertigo.


What is the best exercise for vertigo?

For patients whose vertigo is triggered by positional changes and are diagnosed with a form of vertigo called BPPV, an Epley maneuver is the best first treatment and exercise to perform. This treatment involves placing your head in specific positions that help to reset the stones within the inner ear that often become dislodged and help restore the balance organ and your sense of balance.

This is an exercise and a treatment that any one of our qualified and trained therapists here at Release Physical Therapy can perform on you and teach you how to do yourself to decrease vertigo attacks and improve your function. Other exercises include the Semont maneuver, Foster maneuver, Brandt-Daroff exercises, and many others. A physical therapist that is well-versed in your case, can help determine the best course of treatment and exercise based on your needs.


Should you rest or exercise with vertigo?

When it comes to vertigo, staying active is generally advised, however, it is important that exercises are done in a careful manner and under supervision and guidance.

At Release Physical Therapy we offer one-on-one treatments with each of our clients to ensure that they are getting the complete treatment that they need. During these sessions, you and your therapist can also identify the provoking activities and ensure that it is taken into consideration while developing your POC.


What triggers vertigo attacks?

Common triggers and provocative activities for vertigo include bed mobility which involves rolling or transferring from laying down to sitting, reaching for objects on the floor, bottom cupboard, or top shelf, doing grooming activities like dressing, washing hair, applying eye drops, being in a dental chair, diagnostic procedures like a CT scan or MRI, and other activities that involve your head being in a dependent position.

Here at Release, we understand that vertigo can be very destabilizing and disorienting, and can interfere with doing the things you love. This is why our main priority is to put you first and provide you with the skilled care that you need while utilizing the best treatment to manage your vertigo symptoms and improve your quality of life. 

If you or someone you know is currently experiencing vertigo attacks and symptoms, we are here to help. We understand how debilitating it can be and we would be more than happy to provide you with the relief you need so you can get back to doing the things you love. You can schedule an appointment at either our downtown Washington, DC office, our West End/Foggy Bottom location, or Tysons Corner office.

To book an appointment, simply give us a call or request an appointment online. We’re eager to help you on your journey to recovery!

We'll help you get back to work, back in the game, and back to doing the activities you love.

Release Physical Therapy


At Release Physical Therapy Washington, DC, we offer a full range of manual therapies, as well as both traditional and non-traditional techniques. We work one-on-one with our patients to develop an individualized treatment plan that meets their unique needs, conditions, wellness goals and fitness levels. Learn More

Active Release Technique ® (ART)

Massage and movement-based technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves.

K-Laser ® Therapy

The use of specific wavelengths of light to improve healing time, pain reduction, increase circulation and decrease swelling.

Trigger Point Dry Needling

Needle treatment that decreases pain, increases range of motion and improves strength by inactivating myofascial trigger points.

ASTYM ® Therapy

Regenerates healthy soft tissues (muscles, tendons, etc.), and eliminates or reduces unwanted scar tissue that may be causing pain or movement restrictions.

Kineseo ® Taping Method

Taping technique that reduces muscular pain and inflammation, relaxes overused muscles, improves posture and movement awareness and enhances performance.

Running Assessment

Individualized biomechanical analysis designed to identify strength, gait, and alignment imbalances to decrease risk of injury and improve your current training program.

Functional Training

Exercise regimens that integrate multiple muscle groups, joints and the brain to prepare the body for everyday movement, athletics and other specialized physical activities.

Graston Technique ®

Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used to address soft tissue lesions and fascial restrictions resulting in improved patient outcomes.

Blood Flow Restriction (BFR)

Rehabilitation therapy and performance training technique using a Personalized Tourniquet System® designed for BFR, to reduce atrophy and increase strength.

Shockwave Therapy

A non-invasive, office based treatment that utilizes acoustic waves to alleviate pain, promote tissue regeneration, and accelerate the healing process.

Massage Therapy

Manual manipulation of the soft tissues including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints to relieve pain, improve circulation, and address specific musculoskeletal conditions.

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