If you feel like you’re on a boat or find the room is spinning, you could have a vestibular issue that needs to be addressed.
⚠️IN-PERSON INITIAL ASSESSMENTS ARE PREFERRED⚠️
How does vestibular therapy work?
Vestibular Therapy (or Vestibular Rehabilitation) is a specialized form of physiotherapy treatment aimed at resolving vestibular disorders. It reduces dizziness, vertigo (such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or “BPPV”), imbalance, and fall risk, as well as improving vision during head movement. This in turn can improve a person’s quality of life, activity participation, and function.
Who performs vestibular therapy?
Certified Vestibular Therapists are Physiotherapists specifically trained to recognize and diagnose the conditions that are appropriate for treatment and those that need further medical investigation. In most cases, clients do not need a referral from a doctor for vestibular therapy (but some extended health plans may need one). This service is offered by our vestibular therapist Nina Bai.
What does this type of rehabilitation involve?
An initial assessment includes collecting a detailed history, as well as assessing neck movement, eye movements, neurological function, vestibular function, and balance. A Vestibular Rehabilitation treatment plan can include education and advice on symptom management, repositioning techniques for treatment of BPPV (such as the Epley Maneuver), and exercises designed to improve head and eye coordination, motion sensitivity and retrain balance.
Good things worth knowing!
It is important for those experiencing vertigo, dizziness and imbalance to know that they are not alone, and treatment does exist to help to improve or eliminate their symptoms caused by vestibular issues. Dizziness does not need to be a way of life and the sooner it can be assessed and treated, the sooner people can return to the things they love.