The vestibular system is the sensory system that contributes to spatial awareness, balance, and coordinates eye movements. Involving the brain and inner ear, if disease or injury damages this system, a vestibular disorder can occur. Vestibular rehabilitation works to restore normal vestibular function and/or teach the central nervous system to adapt to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life.
BENEFITS OF VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY
Vestibular Physiotherapy can help individuals experiencing the symptoms of vestibular disorders that often arise from head trauma (motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls,etc.), ear infections, or certain medications.
Vestibular Physiotherapy can help:
• Alleviate spinning sensations
• Restore balance
• Decrease motion sensitivity, nausea
• Reduce headaches
• Decrease sensitivity to bright lights and noises • Increase the ability to read and concentrate
WHAT TO EXPECT
A vestibular assessment is typically 45-60 minutes in length. You’ll complete a questionnaire to help your physiotherapist guide your treatment.
A proceeding physical assessment may assess head and eye movements, balance and walking, motion sensitivity, and musculoskeletal function. As the assessment may temporarily exacerbate some symptoms, it’s recommended that you arrange to have a friend or family member ensure your safe transportation following the session.
Treatment for a vestibular disorder will vary according to the individual ndings of the clinical assessment. Your treatment may include a combination of balance re-training exercises, speci c vestibular or habituation exercises, exercises for visual/gaze stability, a supervised home exercise program, and/or a re-positioning manoeuvre for a common problem called BPPV (Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo).
This service is o ered at both our Cambie and Kerrisdale locations.