Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy program used to treat problems associated with balance, vertigo and dizziness. Specifically, it works with the parts of the brain that process balance information.

Our vestibular system (comprised of the vestibular apparatus of the inner ear and the parts of the brain that process balance) controls our ability to remain balanced when upright, and to stabilize our eye movements. When there is a problem in the vestibular system an individual may experience some of the following symptoms: a sensation that the room is spinning, a feeling of moving when at rest, nausea, dizziness, motion sensitivity, light sensitivity, noise sensitivity, blurry vision, double vision, imbalance, and hearing changes.

Many vestibular conditions can be improved with physiotherapy. You may have already been diagnosed with a vestibular problem that is appropriate for physiotherapy intervention. These include, but are not limited to, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis, inner ear infection, Ménière's disease, or post-traumatic vertigo (following a head injury or car accident).
Some conditions involving similar symptoms cannot be improved with physiotherapy. These include dizziness from cardiovascular disease, vertebral artery insufficiency, medication induced dizziness, postural hypotension, auditory system dysfunction and visual system dysfunction. It is possible, however, that a person could have a treatable vestibular condition in addition to one of these conditions.
If you have not already received a diagnosis for your symptoms or are unsure if you could benefit from a vestibular assessment please contact our clinic to speak with our trained vestibular rehabilitation therapist before booking an assessment.

A vestibular assessment will involve filling out a questionnaire, discussing the history of your condition in detail, and a series of head positioning tests, vision tests and balance tests specific to your condition. Treatment may involve manual techniques performed by the therapist as well as balance, vision and coordination exercises.

Please note that the assessment and treatment of vestibular problems may provoke some of your symptoms. For this reason it is recommended that you arrange for someone to drive you home following your treatment.