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Treatment Tools

Vestibular Treatment Tools

Wayne Visflex

Visflex Treatment

The Visflex is a unique and crucial treatment tool to fix your dizziness. This is accomplished by fixing your gaze on a target while performing various head movements simultaneously. This will improve your ability to focus and concentrate on daily tasks. As you improve, we will increase the difficulty to improve your balance.

Wayne Saccadic Fixator and Kinetic Awareness Trainer (KAT board)

KAT Board treatment tool in use

The Wayne Saccadic Fixator improves your eye-hand coordination, accuracy, speed, visual memory, sequencing, directionality, synchronized rhythm, and peripheral awareness which are all affected when you have dizziness and vestibular problems. Your hand-eye coordination, gaze stability, and visual tracking will be challenged as you maintain your balance on the unstable platform (the KAT board). Hand-eye coordination is essential in precise functional movements and will assist you in achieving your functional goals.


The KAT board, along with the Saccadic Fixator, improves all aspects of your balance due to its unsteady surface. The handrails assist in maintaining safety as your balance system is challenged by the complaint board, which can be altered to meet your individual needs in order to accelerate goal achievement. This will improve your ability to navigate unpredictable and unsteady surfaces in daily life.


Reflexion Board in use with patient and doctor

The Reflexion is an engaging neuro-fitness platform that improves your vestibular and oculomotor movements, cognitive skills like reaction time, peripheral vision, hand-eye coordination, and memory while being fun and engaging for you. It tracks progress over time so you can see how much better you are doing.

Infrared Oculography Goggles

Patient getting his eyes tested to find the source of his dizziness.

Infrared Oculography provides an ideal condition for the observation and analysis of your eye movements. These goggles allow us to observe your eyes in the dark. We are able to tell exactly what is causing your dizziness. We determine if your problem is more of an electrical problem (nerve) or a mechanical problem (crystal). From here, we are able to accurately prescribe your treatment plan to fix your dizziness and to tell you approximately the duration of your physical therapy.

Binovi Touch

The Binovi Touch enhances visual performance and helps improve your overall performance in ways other training regiments cannot. It is designed to help improve visual performance such as increasing visual memory, decreasing reaction times, and improving hand-eye coordination, and visual perception. These are integral components to improving overall performance and getting rid of your dizziness.

Orthopedic Treatment Tools

Dry Needling

Dry Needling

Dry needling is a technique physical therapists use for the treatment of pain and movement impairments. The technique uses a “dry” needle, one without medication or injection, inserted through the skin into areas of the muscle. Dry needling is a skilled technique we use to help treat a variety of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. Dry needling is performed to relieve trigger points and muscle tension as well as increasing your range of motion by stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Dry needling reduces pain and reduces muscle tension. For these reasons, we use dry needling to speed up your recovery.

Dry needling is used to:

  • Providing lasting pain relief
  • Eliminating tension and muscle spasm
  • Healing overuse injuries
  • Removing knots/trigger points in muscles which release your tight muscles
  • Speeds healing time and improve blood flow to your muscles


Patient Receiving cupping treatment

Cupping is an alternative therapy in which cups are used to create a suction to promote healing and blood flow to the tissue being treated. This technique causes a local inflammatory response in the tissue that triggers the body’s natural healing process.

Cupping is used for a variety of musculoskeletal conditions including:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Knee and hip pain
  • Shoulder and elbow pain
  • Headaches especially tension and migraines


The IASTM technique (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is a type of soft tissue release intervention that uses a number of instruments for the detection and treatment of scar tissue build up and adhesions in soft tissue that may be contributing to increased pain and functional limitations. It helps get rid of pain and tightness in your body. It works on your fascia and/or scar tissue in a way that is more effective than traditional massage techniques.

IASTM is used to:

  • Decreases your number of treatment sessions and speeds up rehabilitation and recovery
  • Reduces your need for anti-inflammatory or pain medication
  • Relieves chronic conditions
  • Reduces scar tissue
  • Loosens tight muscles and relieves trigger points

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