Balance/Vestibular Program

The most precise evaluation and retraining therapies for patients with balance, mobility and/or dizziness problems is available through our Vestibular Rehabilitation Program. Utilizing the full complement of the Balance Master® evaluation and rehabilitation system, physical therapists can provide the most advanced balance and mobility assessment and training available in the Upstate.

Therapy goals include improved balance/postural control, improved gaze stabilization, reduced risk of falls, improved daily function, and resolution of dizziness or vertigo. Instant visual feedback allows patients to internalize correcting a loss of postural control. They learn the appropriate motor responses using the desired ankle strategies.

The Balance Master provides instant visual feedback, which allows patients to internalize and correct loss of postural control. Patients are able to learn the appropriate motor responses using the desired ankle strategies. RCP also has Balance Master Invision, which is a gaze stabilization accessory. This allows for accurate testing and training of the Vestibular Ocular Reflex (VOR). An individual needs normal VOR function to drive a car, read a book, navigate through a store and /or safely ambulate in a crowd.

Balance training and assessment is conducted on an outpatient basis and is covered by insurance as a component of neuromuscular re-education. This service may be indicated for patients with the following conditions:

  • Vestibular weakness
  • History of falls/Fear of falling
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Brain injury/concussion
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • CVA
  • Injury involving lower extremities
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputee

For more information about Vestibular Rehabilitation at RCP, please call 864-455-8788.

For more information regarding vestibular disorders: Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) at vestibular.org or call 1-800-837-8428.

SMART Balance Master

The SMART Balance Master® utilizes a dynamic force plate with rotation capabilities to quantify the vertical forces exerted through the patient’s feet to measure center of gravity position and postural control; and a dynamic visual surround to measure the patient’s use of visual information to maintain balance. It provides assessment and retraining capabilities with visual biofeedback on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment.