The vestibular system is a part of the inner ear that helps to control balance. If your inner ear is damaged by disease or injury, you may benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based therapy program used to treat balance and dizziness disorders. It is based on the body’s natural ability to compensate for balance problems through optimizing the brain’s connection from your inner ear; eyes and body.
A therapist will evaluate each patient and perform tests in order to develop an individualized treatment plan which may include:
The Vestibular Rehabilitation Program offers treatments for a wide variety of conditions that result in balance problems and dizziness.
Some of these include:
Morgan Kriz has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy that specializes in Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation. Morgan does have a strong background in Orthopedic Physical Therapy and this provides a foundation for general musculoskeletal conditions that may contribute to balance limitations.
Her focus as a provider is for patients to feel empowered with management of their condition and learn strategies to live a functional life so they can participate in the things they love. The human body is a magnificent. Each body system has a distinguished function however all systems are interdependent with one another. Morgan tries her best to educate patients so they may be proactive in their healthcare and strives to communicate well with other providers to give efficient and quality care through a multidisciplinary approach.
Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise based therapy program used to treat balance and dizziness disorders. It is based on the body’s natural ability to compensate for balance problems through optimizing the brain’s connection from your inner ear; eyes and body. Morgan uses evidence based guidelines when creating a patient’s individualized plan of care for Vestibular Rehabilitation. Morgan believes getting the most out of life is to make it fun/play games and tries to incorporate this into her rehabilitation programs so the brain retains the information for long-term management.
In her career as a Physical Therapist, she has worked with patients in several different clinical settings including high-level military service persons with her experience at the San Diego Naval Medical Hospital Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care (C5); acute vestibular impairments, post-surgical and Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo “BPPV” management in a hospital-based setting; the geriatric population and concerns for balance is a consistent population in all her practice settings over the years; athletes that have sustained a concussion in sport or have had a vestibular insult as well as the day-to-day individuals just trying to live life after an injury, surgery, accident or want to focus on improving their quality of life for preventative purposes.
Morgan moved to Seattle, WA in 2014 from San Diego, CA. Outside of work Morgan enjoys adventures with her dog “Asher,” backcountry skiing, swimming, watching movies and playing soccer.
Bachelor of Science
University of California, Davis
Doctorate of Physical Therapy
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, San Marcos
American Physical Therapy Board (2013)
APTA/Herdman Certified Vestibular Therapist (2015)
Member of American Therapy Association (APTA); Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy (ANPT); Vestibular Rehabilitation Special Interest Group (VR SIG) and Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)
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