Provided by: Nadia Colantonio PT, BSc. PT.
If disease or injury has affected the vestibular system, a vestibular disorder can result. Symptoms of a vestibular disorder can range from mild to severe, lasting seconds to minutes, to days.
- Poor balance
- Difficulty reading or concentrating
- Nausea and /or vomiting
- Neck pain
- Muscle tightness
- Sensitivity to lights and noises
- Poor tolerance of crowds
Vestibular Disorders are common and can affect people of all ages. They are most often caused by:
- Head trauma (car accident, falls, impact sports)
- Ear infections (BPPV, neuritis, labrynthitis)
- Illness or disease
- Stroke and brain injury
Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment
Vestibular Rehabilitation is an important part of treatment for people suffering from vestibular disorders. Trained Physiotherapist can perform a thorough assessment in three major areas:
- Eye function
- Balance and mobility
- Dizziness and vertigo
Based on the results of this assessment the Physiotherapist will develop a drug free plan of treatment tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient, which include exercises and manual therapy techniques to be performed both in treatment and at home. Progress will be monitored at intervals until your desired goals are achieved.
Vestibular Therapy is proven to be so effective that symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, nausea etc. can decrease dramatically and for many disappears altogether! If you or someone you know suffers from symptoms like those described above and would like a vestibular assessment and treatment please contact us.