AFPT specializes in treating the following Peripheral Vestibular Disorders:

  • BPPV
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Subacute Meniere's Disease
  • Bilateral Vestibular Disorders
  • Acoustic Neuromas

We utilize various therapeutic modalities including:

  • Canalith repositioning maneuvers
  • Modified Liberatory Maneuver
  • Habituation exercises
  • Sensory organization and gaze stability techniques
  • Balance retraining
  • Home exercise instruction

Mike Wells, DPT

Mike is a certified vestibular rehab specialist and a professional member of the Vestibular Disorders Association.  He received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Maryland in 2005 following completion of his Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Maryland College Park in 2001.  Mike has been practicing at Annapolis Family Physical Therapy since 2005, and he is our managing partner at the Severna Park location.

The Epley Maneuver

The Epley Maneuver, performed by our trained therapists, is successful for most of our patients and results in significant improvement from the disorder immediately or within a few visits.  

The Epley Maneuver is an exercise intended to reposition the otoconia (calcium deposits) in the inner ear and get them into a different part of the ear where they will be less likely to cause symptoms.  Depending on where the otoconia has migrated to in the inner ear, out therapists are also trained in the Gufoni and Semont Maneuvers as well as the Log Roll test. Our therapists are happy to educate our patients in helping to self manage their symptoms between therapy visits.

Warning:  This procedure should only be performed by a trained professional as doing it incorrectly could make the problem worse!