Vestibular rehabilitation for migraine-associated dizziness

Kim R. Gottshall, Robert J. Moore, Michael E. Hoffer

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a vestibular rehabilitation program on patients with the diagnosis of migraine-associated dizziness. Subjects were placed in four groups as follows: idiopathic migraine-associated dizziness; idiopathic migraine-associated dizziness and associated benign positional vertigo; posttraumatic migraine-associated dizziness; and posttraumatic migraine-associated dizziness and benign positional vertigo. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy was administered to all patients. Criterion measurements included the dizziness handicap inventory, activities-specific balance confidence scale, computerized dynamic posturography performance, and dynamic gait index. After vestibular physical therapy, all subjects showed significant improvement in the dizziness handicap, activities-specific balance confidence, dynamic gait, and computerized dynamic posturography measures. Patients with migraine-associated dizziness can benefit from physical therapy intervention. The results of this study are important in considering the approach to vertiginous migraine patients with and without head injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-84
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Tinnitus Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 14 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Dizziness
  • Head trauma
  • Migraine
  • Migraine-associated dizziness
  • Vertigo

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • Sensory Systems
  • Speech and Hearing


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