Vestibular Physiotherapy

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Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physical therapist. Vestibular rehabilitation aims to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness.

Definition of dizziness:

These feelings can occur in different positions, whether you are standing still, lying down or changing positions. The symptoms can be constant or episodic in nature, lasting seconds, minutes or hours.

Causes of dizziness:

Dizziness is generally not serious, but is often a sign of a mechanical problem. Dizziness can be caused by an inner ear disorder, side effect of medications, a sign of neck dysfunction, or due to more serious issues such as a brain or a heart problem.

Who benefits from vestibular rehabilitation?

Patients who are diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness or migraines will benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury, or frequent fallers.

Common symptoms that can be eased with vestibular rehabilitation:

Patients who are diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck-related dizziness or migraines will benefit from vestibular rehabilitation. Other candidates are patients who have had a stroke or brain injury, or frequent fallers.

How can vestibular rehabilitation help?

A thorough assessment will be done by your physical therapist to evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history. This will include all or part of the following areas:

Based on the findings, your physiotherapist will develop a treatment plan to improve any deficits that were identified. This will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling and improve your quality of life.

What can I expect to learn in a vestibular rehabilitation program?

All treatment plans are unique to each individual. Your exercise program will be developed after identifying your deficits. You will also learn how to do some self-treatment exercises, which allows you to continue your exercise plan at home, prevent and treat new dizziness and balance episodes.

How long is a typical vestibular rehabilitation program?

Patients are typically seen 1 to 2 times each week for 6 to 8 weeks, but this varies based on the patient’s diagnosis, the severity of symptoms, and response to therapy. Some patients may be seen for only 1 to 2 sessions; other patients may need continued treatment for a few months.

What type of recovery/outcome can I expect from vestibular rehabilitation?

Expected vestibular rehabilitation outcomes include:

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