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Vestibular Physiotherapy

There are many other vestibular disorders as well as alternative causes of dizziness that vestibular physiotherapy can assess for and successfully treat.

How does the treatment work?

What can I expect with Vestibular Physiotherapy?

Your first appointment will include an advanced assessment of your vestibular system and a thorough health history to determine the most likely cause of your symtoms. Following this diagnosis, your physiotherapist will take the time to provide education regarding your diagnosis and create and explain a treatment plan that is best suited to help with your condition. 

Most treatment plans related to vestibular symptoms include specialised exercises (as appropriate), specific manual therapies, and education on the best at home things you can do to help manage your symptoms.

Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder

  • Dizziness
  • Balance and spatial disorientation (imbalance, stumbling, difficulty walking straight, difficulty with coordination, difficulties maintaining posture, head tilting to one side, difficulty walking in the dark, the need to hold onto something when standing and walking)
  • Trouble focusing on objects with eyes
  • Words appear to jump, float, or you may double or blurred vision
  • Sensitivity to light and moving or flickering lights
  • Poor depth perception
  • Difficulty seeing in the dark
  • Tinnitus (ringing, buzzing or other noises in the ear)
  • Sensitivity to loud noises
  • Headaches
  • Motion sickness
  • Ear pain
  • Anxiety, panic and depression as a result of vestibular dysfunction

What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?

Vestibular Rehabilitation is a form of physiotherapy that uses specialized exercises to improve balance and reduce issues related to dizziness.

The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that control balance and eye movements.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is an effective treatment for vestibular disorders or dysfunction.

Common Types of Vestibular Disorder's

The most commonly heard of vestibular disorder is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo ( BPPV) commonly referred to as Vertigo. Although Vertigo is most often found in the elderly population it can affect any age group and can be spontaneous. Through a comprehensive vestibular assessment, your physiotherapist is able to assess and treat vertigo. 

There are many other vestibular disorders as well as alternative causes of dizziness that vestibular physiotherapy can assess for and successfully treat. These include: 

  • Cervicogenic Dizziness
  • Labyrinthitis and vestibular neuritis
  • Mal de Debarquement
  • Menieres Disease
  • Migraine Associated Vertigo (MAV)
  • Motion Sensitivity
  • Orthostatic Hypotension
  • Persistent Postural- Perceptual Dizziness (PPPD)

 

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