Do you get dizzy spells?
Do you feel like the room is spinning? Or that your head is spinning?
Do you have poor balance?
Dizziness, vertigo (room spinning) and poor balance are all symptoms that you can experience if you have trouble with your ‘balance system’ or vestibular disorders. The medical name for the balance system is the Vestibular System. A big part of this system is a little organ in your inner ear called the Labyrinth.
Problems with the labyrinth can produce symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, poor balance, lightheadedness as well as other issues. These problems can be the result of physical problems with the labyrinth itself, can be due to infections or head/neck injuries like concussion & whiplash.
Fortunately, the vast majority of problems that cause dizziness, vertigo and poor balance can be effectively treated with rehabilitation. Because we are talking about the balance or Vestibular system we call this Vestibular Rehabilitation.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular Rehabilitation is a form of physical therapy that focuses on identifying and treating specific deficits in the balance system. It involves one to one sessions with a Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist with specialized training in the management of dizziness, vertigo, and balance.
The exact treatments and exercises involved will depend on your specific symptoms and problems. Our Therapists will perform a wide variety of specialized tests to identify the deficits in your balance system. Once those deficits have been identified, your therapist will draw up a specific rehabilitation plan with you in order to help resolve the issues you are having. These plans may include home exercises, repositioning maneuvers and eye movement exercises, all working together to achieve improved balance and overall wellness.
If anything mentioned above rings a bell you will probably benefit from an assessment by a Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist trained in Vestibular Rehabilitation. We can liaise with your Family Physician and help organize a referral to a specialist if required.
You do not need a referral from your Family Doctor to be assessed by a Physiotherapist or Athletic Therapist. If you would like to book an assessment please go ahead and click the link below. If you would like more information, please give us a call or fill in the contact form below.