Vestibular rehabilitation – Treatment for Dizziness and Vertigo
What is vestibular rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program, designed by a physiotherapist, to improve balance and reduce dizziness-related problems. Patients who may benefit are those diagnosed with dizziness, imbalance, vertigo, Meniere’s syndrome, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, neck-related dizziness and migraines, and those who have had a stroke or brain injury or who frequently fall.
How is dizziness defined?
Dizziness can be described as:
- Feelings of unsteadiness
- Wooziness (swimming feeling in head)
- Feeling lightheaded
- Feelings of passing out
- Sensations of moving
- Whirling (sensations known as vertigo)
These feelings or sensations can occur when you are standing still, lying down, or changing positions. The symptoms can be constant or episodic in nature, only lasting seconds, minutes or hours.
Common symptoms that can be helped with vestibular rehabilitation include:
- Dizziness or blurry vision with head movements
- Neck tightness, stiffness, and/or pain
- Imbalance or the need to hold onto objects when walking
- Frequent falls
- Generalized “dizziness, wooziness and foggy head” feelings
At your appointment, our physiotherapist will review your medical history and carry out a thorough examination/ assessment.
Based on the findings, a treatment plan is developed. The goal of your treatment plan is to improve any deficits that were identified. This, in turn, will improve your ability to function in activities of everyday living, reduce your risk for falling, and ultimately, improve your quality of life.