Our Ottawa Physiotherapists have specialized training to recognize and treat specific vestibular dysfunctions and disorders to combat vertigo, balance issues, and visual disturbances.
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.
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.
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.