What is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear (the organs of balance), the pathways that lead to the brain, and the brain itself that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, vestibular disorders or balance difficulties can result.
What are symptoms of a Vestibular problem?
The number of symptoms associated with vestibular dysfunctions are as varied as the number of causes. Some of the typical symptoms include dizziness, vertigo, lightheadedness, imbalance, difficulty concentrating, blurry vision, nausea, and fluctuating hearing.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system re-training for inner ear deficits. VRT can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction (reduced inner ear function on one or both sides)
- Ménière’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
The primary goal with VRT is to retrain the brain to coordinate information from the inner ear balance organs, vision and the proprioceptive system (sensory receptors that are sensitive to stretch or pressure).
VRT is grounded in evidence-based medicine and has been extensively researched.
What will my first visit to VOR for Vestibular Rehabilitation involve?
One of our qualified Physiotherapists will perform a thorough evaluation that begins with a medical history to understand the severity & frequency of your symptoms, your triggers, and the impact your symptoms have on your life. The assessment includes evaluating your balance and gait, motion sensitivity, severity of vertigo, and the musculoskeletal system involved, to determine the source of the dizziness or balance problem. The duration of your assessment may be up to 90 minutes.
What can I expect on subsequent visits?
All of our treatments are one-on-one with a qualified Physiotherapist and are up to 45 minutes in duration. Treatments may include manual therapy on the vestibular balance organs or the neck, education about the balance system, and instruction on safe exercises appropriate for YOU and your recovery from a vestibular concern. All of our treatments are INDIVIDUALIZED and are tailored to YOUR NEEDS.
Why choose VOR for your Vestibular concerns?
All of our team Physiotherapists have received extensive training in the management of vestibular issues. For years, we have invested heavily in diagnostic equipment to assess BPPV and motion sensitivity.
We have recently invested even further in new technology to more accurately assess and monitor function of the vestibular system. Through diagnostic virtual reality testing, we can accurately track eye movements and function. We are the FIRST clinic in Ontario to provide this service to our patients. See the saccade analytics link below for further information.