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Vestibular Physio Therapy

In Edmonton

VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION

The vestibular system is that part of the inner ear that helps with balance and orientation. Problems with the vestibular system may be caused due to an underlying disease condition, trauma, age related degeneration and even infections. This may lead to dizziness, headaches, loss of balance, vertigo, neck stiffness, among others. This is where vestibular rehabilitation comes into picture. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is made up of a set of exercises and infrared goggles that help the brain and spinal cord deal with balance and equilibrium deficits.

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Based on these findings, a treatment plan is developed that is directed towards improvement of deficits and alleviation of symptoms. Most of these exercises target your head, body and eye and help retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system. This will help you to improve your ability to carry on with activities of daily living, help restore balance and in turn, improve your quality of life.

During your first visit, our physiotherapists will assess your condition by going through your symptoms in detail. This includes when your symptoms began, what activities worsen or alleviate your symptoms, and a clear picture of the nature of your symptoms. They will also conduct a general examination of your eye, your gait and the joints of your neck. Depending on the assessment you may be sent for further tests to determine the exact cause for your symptoms.

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In most cases all vestibular system problems may be solved by just using vestibular rehabilitation therapy and almost all of these patients have successfully overcome balance and dizziness issues. Are you suffering from any form of dizziness or imbalance? Contact us at In step physical therapy today, and book an appointment with our registered physiotherapist. We help bring you back to a healthy mode of life.

have you ever experienced ?

  •  Dizziness?
  •  Episodes of spinning?
  •  Periods of light-headedness?
  •  Trouble focusing or reading?
  •  Loss of balance?
  •  Increased fatigue?

YES

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may have a Vestibular problem.

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What is vestibular rehabilitation

Vestibular therapy/rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program that involves an appropriate exercise-based approach to retrain balance.

  • Position or movements that cause dizziness.
  • Balance deficits which may interfere with your ability to perform daily activities such as dressing, bathing, walking, driving or shopping.
  • Visual function as it relates to eye-head co-ordination required for reading, driving or walking.

Your Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy program includes:

  • Exercises to help you stop or reduce symptoms of dizziness.
  • Advanced balance and gait retraining.
  • Compensatory techniques you can use to decrease symptoms of  dizziness and imbalance while performing daily activities.
  • Specific vestibular exercises.
  • Supervised therapy sessions to monitor progress and continually challenge the vestibular, visual and balance systems.
  • Repositioning maneuver for B.P.P.V (Benign Paroxysmal positional Vertigo) which is a condition where crystals are caught in inner ear.

Who will benefit from vestibular rehabilitation?

The vestibular rehabilitation program offers treatments for a wide variety of conditions that result in balance problems and dizziness. Some of these include:

  • Labrynthitis: inflammation of the labyrinth.
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV): A condition where free floating calcium particles move into semicircular canals causing vertigo or spinning with changes in head position.
  • Vestibular Hydrops or Meniere’s Disease: A fluid imbalance in the inner ear and the symptoms may include ringing in the ear, fluctuating hearing loss, spinning, and loss of balance.
  • Central Vertigo: A condition which can be caused by damage to the central nervous system from a stroke or head injury that affects the vestibular system. The symptoms may include dizziness or loss of balance.

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