This is a unique branch of physiotherapy that involves the assessment and treatment of people with dizziness and balance dysfunction related to disorders of the vestibular (inner ear) system or central nervous system.
Vestibular certified physiotherapists design an individualized rehab program to improve nerve pathways between the inner ear, eyes, spinal cord, and brain using techniques and exercises involving eye and head movements, and balance.
The most common vestibular conditions are:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV):
This is the most common cause of dizziness. It is characterized by episodes of vertigo or a sensation of spinning. It can occur for example, when you roll over in bed, bend over, look upwards, or when lying down at the hairdresser or in dentist’s chair. The dizziness usually lasts for seconds. You can also feel nauseous and unwell for a few minutes, or hours, afterwards. BPPV is caused when tiny crystals of calcium are dislodged from the inner ear.
Our vestibular physiotherapists are trained in the maneuvers that can eliminate your symptoms in as few as 1 to 3 treatment sessions.
This condition is caused by an infection in the inner ear, or the nerve that sends information from the ear to the brain. Your symptoms may include vertigo, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, imbalance, and sometimes hearing loss. Our physiotherapists are trained in vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) and will be able to teach you, through specialized exercises, how to compensate and recalibrate information from the inner ear to your brain, to enable you to regain your balance.