Is Your Head in a Spin?

Vestibular Rehabilitation for Dizziness and Vertigo

Do you get regular dizzy spells or suffer from vertigo episodes?

Your vestibular disorder may be affecting your mobility, balance, eyesight and even giving you muscle and joint pain due to compensation. Physiotherapy@Woodbridge can offer expert care in Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Now you might be thinking what is vestibular rehabilitation and how can it help me and my symptoms? That’s the exact point of this blog – take a read and see how we can make a difference.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?


In short – it is the process of minimising the effects of vestibular disorders caused by damage or imbalance to the vestibular system.

Vestibular rehabilitation is the treatment for a range of conditions that affect the inner ear – causing problems with your sense of balance, nausea and dizziness. It works to restore the imbalance of the vestibular system by enhancing other areas of your senses which may be imbalanced or insufficient.

Hands-on treatment combined with specialist exercises helps to reduce symptoms and also to restore the imbalances you may have. Through gradual retraining and focused exercises you will find a reduction in your symptoms to improve your day to day function. There are some contraindications to treatment which will be reviewed before an appointment to make sure this is a suitable and safe option for you.

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Vestibular disorders are commonly typified with dizziness and vertigo but the symptoms of this do not end there – you may be experiencing some of the following:

 Imbalance and spatial disorientation
 Vision disturbance
 Hearing changes
 Cognitive and/or psychological changes

This is a summary of symptoms but there is an extensive list of problems which can be caused by vestibular disorder.

If you would like a more extensive list of symptoms then please take a look at the VEDA website who are a non-profit specialising in vestibular disorders.

If you are unsure whether you may have a vestibular issue then you can call for a free consultation over the telephone to discuss this with a physiotherapist.

What is Involved?

A simple assessment could determine if physiotherapy is suitable in treating your type of vestibular issue.

During a typical vestibular assessment, the physiotherapist will perform a range of tests which help to measure how your eyes function and move as your eyes are a key component of vestibular disorders. There will also be tests which look at your head, neck, and coordination of your movement involving your walking and upper limbs. These tests will be done in a variety of positions including standing, walking sitting and lying down.

Following this thorough and specialized assessment of the vestibular system, there will then be a treatment and rehab plan put in place. Treatment can include manual therapy for the neck and head region combined with specialized exercises focusing on your eyesight, neck and head movement.

Need More Info?

If you have any questions about vestibular rehabilitation and how Physiotherapy@Woodbridge could help you – then please do not hesitate to call us on 289-475-2147. We are happy to provide you with free advice over the telephone.

Our physiotherapist Derek Mernagh has many years of experience in dealing with vestibular disorders and has treated many clients with a successful outcome – visit his profile to take a further look. Physiotherapy Woodbridge has many 5-star google reviews from our clients who have had great results with their treatment.

If you have any vestibular problems and would like to book into the clinic, please contact us or you can book an appointment online.

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