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How does vestibular therapy work?


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.

Vestibular Therapy is a specialized form of rehabilitation aimed at resolving vestibular disorders. It reduces dizziness, vertigo, 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.

An initial assessment includes collecting a detailed history, as well as assessing neck movement, neurological function, vestibular function, and balance. Treatments include education and advice on symptom management, repositioning techniques for treatment of BPPV (such as the Epley Maneuver), and exercises to improve head and eye coordination, motion sensitivity and balance.

Vestibular therapists are able to recognize and diagnose which conditions are appropriate for treatment and which 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).

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. 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.

This service is offered by our vestibular therapist Nina Bai.