Vestibular rehabilitation

Do you suffer from vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance, or blurred vision?

If so, you may have a vestibular disorder.

The vestibular system is located in the inner ear, deep within the temporal bone. It is made up of semicircular canals, otolith organs, as well as certain nerves connecting to parts of the brain.

It plays a crucial role in the sense of balance and spatial orientation, and also coordinates the reflexes of the head, neck, and eyes to maintain balance.

Vestibular dysfunction can cause a broad range of symptoms, including vertigo, dizziness, loss of balance, blurred vision, nausea, and headaches.

What is vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is performed by physiotherapists who have postgraduate training in this area. A variety of tests and equipment are used to assess vestibular system functioning, in order to determine the cause of the symptoms, apply appropriate treatment techniques, and recommend exercises depending on the condition. The aim of these interventions is to reduce the intensity, duration, and frequency of the vertigo and dizziness, and to improve balance and visual acuity. This, in turn, has a dramatic positive impact on the patient’s quality of life and independence.

What types of disorders can be treated using this approach?

The most common disorders treated with vestibular rehabilitation are:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Unilateral vestibular deficits (neuronitis, labyrinthitis, vestibular neuritis)
  • Bilateral or central disorders (head trauma, vestibular migraine)
  • Static balance deficits (seated or standing position)
  • Dynamic balance deficits (walking or climbing stairs)

Vestibular rehabilitation services are available at several Physio Extra clinics—feel free to contact one of our professionals for more details.