Vestibular therapy is a specialized form of physiotherapy used to assess and treat symptoms caused by vestibular disorders. Assessment and treatment often involves manual head/body maneuvers, analyzing ocular (eye) movement patterns as well as balance/stability.
Who Can Benefit From Vestibular Physiotherapy?
- Individuals experiencing dizziness or vertigo
- People with balance disorders
- Those recovering from inner ear infections or vestibular neuritis
- Individuals with motion sensitivity or travel-related dizziness
- People with Meniere's disease
- Individuals with neurological conditions affecting balance
- Post-concussion patients with balance issues
- Those with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Seniors aiming to maintain or improve balance and stability
Common Vestibular Symptoms
- Brain Fog
- Visual Deficits
- Neck Tension
How Do You Treat Vestibular Disorders?
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo can be treated with a high success rate using vestibular head/body maneuvers. These maneuvers often involve quick, and very specific head/body movements which are meant to re-locate crystals within the vestibular system that have been dislodged.
Other forms of treatment may include manual therapy to reduce neck tension and improve mobility, ocular/habituation exercises, gaze stabilization exercises, and/or balance and stability exercises.
Lastly, co-ordination and management with other medical professionals may be the required course of action.