Vestibular physiotherapy is a practical and exercise- based physiotherapy to rehabilitate o patients who present with balance problems or dizziness. It is administered by specially trained therapists in this field.
HOW IS DIZZINESS EXPLAINED?
Dizziness can be defined as lightheadedness, wooziness, feelings of unsteadiness, sensation of moving, spinning, floating, tilting or the room rotating (vertigo).
These feeling can happen when you are changing positions, standing still or lying down. Sometimes it can last seconds and other times it can last hours.
WHAT CAUSES DIZZINESS?
Dizziness can be caused by an inner ear dysfunction, neck dysfunction, medication, or an occasionally more serious problem to do with the heart or brain.
WHO CAN BE HELPED FROM VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY?
Patients that are referred for vestibular physiotherapy and rehabilitation are those diagnose with dizziness, vertigo, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), neck related dizziness and migraines. Other people referred can be those who have had a stroke or a brain injury that causes them to fall.
Symptoms that can be helped with vestibular physiotherapy include: frequent falls, dizziness, vertigo/spinning, eye movements, neck tightness and stiffness, headaches, “foggy head feeling”.
Vestibular Physiotherapists with review your medical history, make a thorough assessment with specialized techniques, look at your balance, your gait, visual stability and movement and also your neck mobility. From this assessment an individualized treatment program will be put together to help improve your symptoms and manage your functional problems.
IS VESTIBULAR PHYSIOTHERAPY SUCCESSFUL?
Vestibular Physiotherapy is a successful treatment option for those with problems of the inner ear or brain and in some instances it will be the only treatment needed. Other times it can be used as part of a pre or post surgery treatment plan. In many cases with patients performing the exercises that they have been given for rehabilitation, they can significantly decrease their dizziness and balance problems and many times the symptoms can completely disappear.