Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of treatment provided by a physiotherapist for patients suffering with dizziness and balance problems.
The vestibular system is a sensory system found within the inner ear that is responsible for maintaining balance, coordination, and spatial orientation. Our brain uses input from the visual system, vestibular system, and our joints and muscles to maintain balance, orientation, and the ability to see clearly when we move.
Vestibular issues can result from a variety of problems, including head trauma (e.g. concussion and whiplash), inner ear issues and infections, diseases, medication and more. Problems in any part of this complex system can result in dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness and visual disorders with associated nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue and poor concentration.
What is the Treatment?
At Physiomoves we have two physiotherapists with advanced training in vestibular rehabilitation. The initial visit involves a detailed history and assessment of coordination, balance, and vestibular nerve function. They will help you learn about your condition and develop an individualized treatment plan. This may involve a combination of in-clinic sessions and techniques prescribed for you to work on at home (e.g. balance exercises, visual retraining exercises, etc.).
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), an inner ear problem, is the most common cause of vertigo. This condition can normally be corrected in 1-3 treatments.