Vestibular Rehab

Why
Vestibular Rehab
?

There are many reasons why you may become dizzy or have trouble with your balance. If your inner ear is the source, vestibular rehab may be able to help.

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BPPV

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is the most common form of vertigo with a sudden onset. It frequently leads to the false sensation of spinning.

Meniere's Disease

This chronic disorder causes prolonged dizziness or vertigo associated with hearing difficulty.

Vestibular Hypofunction

This occurs when the balance system in one or both ears is not working the way it should due to a variety of causes.

Labyrinthitis And Vestibular Neuronitis

These are disorders resulting from either viral or bacterial infections that inflame the inner ear. This inflammation can cause dizziness, vertigo and difficulties with balance. 

Mal De Debarquement

This most commonly occurs after getting off a boat or cruise ship, but can also happen after travelling in an airplane, train or car. Symptoms include dizziness, unsteadiness or the illusion of movement.

Concussions / Cervicogenic Dizziness

These areas of vestibular rehab help with head trauma and neck issues that cause dizziness.

Our Approach

Our therapy begins with a vestibular trained physiotherapist who performs a thorough assessment of the vestibular system based on three major areas:

  • Eye function
  • Balance and mobility
  • Dizziness and vertigo

The results of this assessment will guide the physiotherapist to develop a drug-free plan of treatment tailored to meet the needs of the patient. Treatment includes exercises and manual therapy techniques that are performed in the clinic during a treatment session and at home. Progress will be monitored at intervals until the patient’s desired goals are achieved.

Vestibular therapy is proven to be very effective in decreasing symptoms of dizziness, vertigo and nausea, and for many people they can disappear altogether.

FAQs About Vestibular Rehab

What are the symptoms of vestibular disorders/dysfunctions?

Symptoms of vestibular disorders can range from mild to severe, and last from seconds, minutes, months or years. They can include the following:

  • Dizziness or vertigo when moving your head
  • Poor balance
  • Difficulty reading or concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Neck pain
  • Muscle tightness
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Sensitivity to lights and noises
  • Poor tolerance of crowds

What are some of the effects of the treatment?

In many cases, your symptoms will improve and may resolve completely. During your treatment, you may experience an increase in your symptoms. This may lead to dizziness, nausea, vomiting, balance issues or other difficulties that you had before. Generally, these resolve in a reasonable amount of time and in acute cases many people feel much better shortly after. This will be discussed with your treating physiotherapist.

What should I know about my first appointment?

You should arrive with a plan on how to get home afterwards. Many people will experience symptoms during their assessment and future treatment sessions, so we strongly suggest that you have someone bring you to and from your appointment. This is important if you have any residual symptoms afterwards. We also strongly caution that if you are coming for this purpose that you do not drive. This is for your own safety and those on the road with you.

What caused this to happen?

Vestibular disorders are common and can affect people of all ages. Although vestibular disorders can occur without a direct cause, as with Meniere’s disease or sudden/ gradual loss of vestibular organ function, they're most often caused by:

  • Head trauma
  • Ear infections
  • Aging
  • Medications
  • Stroke or brain injury

Will it happen again?

Vestibular issues can occur again although they do not always. The severity of future incidents can vary but if they were treatable before, it is likely that they will be treatable again.

Is it normal that I feel nervous about this?

Yes! Feeling like the world is spinning or moving around you can make you feel nervous, and there is nothing wrong with that. We understand that the treatment can also cause some anxiety, so your physiotherapist will work with you to address any concerns. We want to make sure you feel comfortable before taking on any treatments.

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