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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Have you ever experienced

  • Dizziness?
  • Episodes of spinning?
  • Periods of light-headedness?
  • Trouble focusing or reading?
  • Loss of balance?
  • Increased fatigue?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may have a vestibular problem.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular therapy/rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program that involves an appropriate exercise-based approach to retrain balance.

Initial assessment

Your therapist will evaluate you to determine

  • Position or movements that cause dizziness.
  • Balance deficits which may interfere with your ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, walking, driving or shopping.
  • Visual function as it relates to eye-head co-ordination required for reading, driving or walking.

Your Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy program includes

  • Exercises to help you stop or reduce symptoms of dizziness.
  • Advanced balance and gait retraining.
  • Compensatory techniques you can use to decrease symptoms of dizziness and imbalance while performing daily activities.
  • Specific vestibular exercises.
  • Supervised therapy sessions to monitor progress and continually challenge the vestibular, visual and balance systems.
  • Repositioning maneuver for B.P.P.V (Benign Paroxysmal positional Vertigo) which is a condition where crystals are caught in inner ear

Who will benefit from vestibular rehabilitation?

The vestibular rehabilitation program offers treatments for a wide variety of conditions that result in balance problems and dizziness. Some of these include:

  • Labrynthitis: inflammation of the labyrinth.
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): A condition where free floating calcium particles move into semicircular canals causing vertigo or spinning with changes in head position.
  • Vestibular Hydrops or Meniere’s Disease: A fluid imbalance in the inner ear and the symptoms may include ringing in the ear, fluctuating hearing loss, spinning, and loss of balance.
  • Central Vertigo: A condition which can be caused by damage to the central nervous system from a stroke or head injury that affects the vestibular system. The symptoms may include dizziness or loss of balance.

How can I get Help?

No referral required. However, we recommend that, you be assessed by your physician prior to commencing a vestibular rehabilitation program, to determine the nature of your difficulties.