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Our Ottawa Physiotherapists have specialized training to recognize and treat specific vestibular dysfunctions and disorders to combat vertigo, balance issues, and visual disturbances; as well as concussion symptoms and recovery.

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What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based therapy aimed at alleviating vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbances, and improving balance.  When these symptoms are experienced for a period of time, a person may also develop nausea/vomiting, inability to concentrate or focus, as well as fatigue.

If symptoms continue over a prolonged period of time, a person may limit their day to day activity, and become sedentary, which can result in reconditioning of the whole body.

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Concussion Treatment

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that is generally, but not always, caused by a blow to the head. Concussion symptoms often start to improve within 10-14 days. In some cases it can take weeks, months, or even years to heal. 

Our physiotherapists can offer support and education to ensure the best possible outcome following a concussion. It is highly recommended that you seek physiotherapy treatment as soon as possible.  

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What conditions may be treated?

There are a vast number of causes of dizziness and balance issues.  It is important that you have been seen by a physician and cleared medically before starting vestibular rehab, in order to rule out any potentially serious causes of our symptoms.

Conditions which may benefit from treatment include:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular Degeneration
  • Vestibular Trauma, Due to Concussion or Motor Vehicle Accident

What should I expect during treatment?

On your first visit, your physiotherapist will conduct an assessment which may include a health history; evaluation of standing and walking balance; sensation and strength of the lower body; tests to evaluate the co-ordination and communication between the eyes and inner ears about where the body is in space (aka. proprioception); evaluation of dizziness provoking positions; and an examination of the neck (cervical spine) range of motion and strength.

Following the assessment, your physiotherapist will prescribe an exercise program and make recommendations regarding follow-up treatment (frequency, treatment elements, etc.). Treatment is aimed at compensating for the part of the system which is causing the symptoms.

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