One possible cause of vertigo and dizziness can be caused by problems in the vestibular system. This system is located in the inner ear. It helps regulate our balance and positioning to prevent us from experiencing vertigo and dizziness. If you suffer from either of these conditions, you may be an ideal candidate for vestibular physiotherapy.
What Is Vestibular Physiotherapy?
This form of physiotherapy focuses on treating conditions of the vestibular system. During an initial consultation, an oculomotor exam is conducted. Motion sensitivity, balance, and gait assessment and testing are also performed.
Depending on the outcome of the exam, assessments, and testing, a custom-tailored treatment plan is created that focuses on treating your vertigo or dizziness, as well as the underlying causes of your condition.
Typical treatments could include using manipulation techniques to massage and stimulate the ear region. Specific exercises that help improve balance and positioning can also be used. These exercises are designed so that you can do them at home in between your scheduled treatment sessions.
Your physiotherapist could prescribe a modification to various activities and routines to help avoid triggering vertigo and dizzy spells. Additionally, you are educated about your condition, what is causing it, how it can be treated, and are encouraged to participate in developing a treatment plan that works best for you.
Can Vestibular Physiotherapy Be Used for Other Conditions?
Yes, vestibular physiotherapy can be used to treat other vestibular disorders such as UVL (Unilateral Vestibular Lesions), BVL (Bilateral Vestibular Lesions), BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Position Vertigo), cervicogenic dizziness, whiplash, concussion, and others.
What Are Some Benefits of Vestibular Physiotherapy?
One of the benefits gained from this type of physiotherapy is a reduction in the frequency and occurrence of vertigo and dizzy spells. The duration of the dizziness can also be shorter. In some cases, it may be possible to fully recover from vertigo and dizziness provided it is not a chronic condition.
How Long Is Vestibular Physiotherapy Needed?
The duration of treatment does depend on the underlying causes of your condition. Some patients find that maintaining regular treatments even after they have noticed a reduction in the frequency and occurrence of vertigo and dizzy spells continues to be beneficial for them.
In other cases, where the vestibular system condition is a secondary cause of another injury, like a concussion, it is possible to fully recover without the need to continue treatments. Please keep in mind, that each vestibular physiotherapy treatment plan is tailored to your specific needs and objectives as well.
Why Should I See a Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist?
While most physiotherapists can treat vestibular system problems, not all are certified. Certification means the physiotherapist has undergone specific training related to the vestibular system, causes for vestibular system problems, and appropriate treatment methods and techniques. As such, it is best to see a certified vestibular physiotherapist for the best outcome.
Where Can I Find a Certified Vestibular Physiotherapist?
You have to look no further than Physiotherapy First in Brampton to find a certified vestibular physiotherapist. Our physiotherapists receive ongoing training, education, and recertification in vestibular physiotherapy to ensure we are providing our patients access to the latest and most advanced treatments.
October 15, 2020
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