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What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

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Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized form of physical therapy aimed at addressing balance and dizziness issues that may arise from problems within the vestibular system, which contributes to our sense of balance and spatial orientation. This system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control eye movements and balance.

Common Vestibular Disorders We Treat

Vestibular rehabilitation is commonly used to treat various vestibular disorders, including:

This condition involves brief episodes of dizziness triggered by certain head movements.
Inflammation of the inner ear, often caused by an infection, leading to dizziness and balance issues.
Inflammation of the vestibular nerve, causing sudden vertigo, dizziness, and balance problems.
Meniere’s disease is a condition that combines symptoms of dizziness with occasional hearing loss.
Following a concussion, some individuals may experience ongoing dizziness or balance issues, which can be addressed through vestibular rehabilitation.

Central Vestibular Disorders include:

  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Cervical vertigo
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Normal pressure hydrocephalus
  • Paraneoplastic syndromes (a response to the effects of a tumour in the body), and
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vestibular Migraines

Goals of Vestibular Rehabilitation

The main goals of vestibular rehabilitation include:
Through specific exercises and maneuvers, the therapist aims to alleviate symptoms of dizziness and vertigo, often by habituating the brain to certain movements that trigger these sensations.
Therapists use exercises and techniques to improve balance and stability, which can help individuals regain confidence in their ability to move without feeling off-balance or dizzy.
Exercises targeting eye movements and coordination can help improve gaze stability, reducing symptoms like visual blurring or dizziness with head movements.

Vestibular rehabilitation programs are tailored to the individual’s specific symptoms, functional limitations, and underlying condition. A therapist will assess the patient’s symptoms, conduct various tests to evaluate balance and vestibular function, and then develop a personalized exercise program.

These exercises might include head movements, eye exercises, balance exercises, and activities that challenge the vestibular system in a controlled manner. Over time, with consistent practice and guidance from the therapist, individuals often experience reduced symptoms and improved function.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • What conditions or symptoms can vestibular rehabilitation help with?

    Vestibular rehabilitation is effective in addressing a range of symptoms, including dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, and difficulties with coordination. Whether you're experiencing these issues due to inner ear problems, concussions, or other vestibular disorders, our specialized rehabilitation programs aim to improve your overall balance and reduce symptoms.

  • How do I know if I need vestibular rehabilitation?

    If you're experiencing symptoms such as dizziness, unsteadiness, or problems with coordination, vestibular rehabilitation may be beneficial. These symptoms can arise from various causes, including inner ear disorders or concussions. Our team can assess your condition during a comprehensive evaluation to determine if vestibular rehabilitation is the right approach for you.

  • What does a typical vestibular rehabilitation session involve?

    Vestibular rehabilitation sessions are tailored to your specific needs. They often include exercises and maneuvers designed to improve your balance, coordination, and reduce symptoms. These may involve head and eye movements, balance exercises, and other techniques aimed at promoting adaptation and strengthening the vestibular system.

  • How long does it take to see improvements with vestibular rehabilitation?

    The timeline for improvement varies from person to person. Factors such as the severity of symptoms, the underlying cause, and your commitment to the exercises all play a role. During our sessions, we'll monitor your progress closely and adjust the rehabilitation plan as needed. Consistency and adherence to the exercises are key to achieving positive outcomes.

  • Do I need a referral from my doctor to start vestibular rehabilitation?

    In many cases, you can schedule an appointment for vestibular rehabilitation without a doctor's referral. However, if your insurance plan or specific circumstances require a referral, we can assist you in obtaining one. Our goal is to make the process as smooth as possible so you can begin your rehabilitation journey promptly.

It’s important for individuals undergoing vestibular rehabilitation to work closely with a trained healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist specializing in vestibular disorders, to ensure proper guidance and progress in their rehabilitation journey.

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Our Testimonials

Mitchell Duncan
Mitchell Duncan
Very accomadating and lovely people to help any and all ailments. They really help you put your mind as ease about injuries and recovery.
Salma Muriel
Salma Muriel
Best Physio clinic very polite they listen to you.Prabha and Jan treated me for my shoulder they arefull of knowledge.I recomend this place.
Michael & Helen Stirling
Michael & Helen Stirling
My therapist is kind and understanding. She takes the time to explain the therapy and why its beneficial for me. She gives me the opportunity to hold myself accountable but helps me understand the importance of doing the exercises on my own. I love it here! I have felt welcomed since the first day.
Professional team, clean clinic, nice people, I was happy with this type of treatment. It helped me a lot .
Sarah Baidas
Sarah Baidas
Very helpful clinic, they work one on one with you, giving multiple specific exercises to help lessen or prevent pain. They’ve helped me a lot so far, 10/10 would recommend!