Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits.
The goal of VRT is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception.
Our therapist will provide you with:
- Specific exercises to reduce dizziness
- Eye-head coordination exercises
- Balance exercises
- Fitness training
- Education about specific vestibular conditions and how to best manage them
Our physiotherapists are trained to diagnose and effectively treat positional vertigo. There is often complete resolution of symptoms in one to two sessions.
Vertigo Case Study: BPPV and the Epley’s Manoeuvre
To further clarify what Vertigo and Vestibular issues feel like, we asked a recent Vestibular Rehab patient what their experience was like. Their response:
“It was horrendous. I got off a plane, and then out of nowhere had this dizzy/sick feeling. The only way I can describe it was that it was like I was constantly walking slightly unsteadily. The worst part, though, was that every time I tried to walk I’d vomit violently. I had no idea what was wrong with me, and thought it was really weird when someone said it might be vertigo as I’d always associated that with a fear of heights.
Out of desperation I went to the physio not expecting it to work, but literally within two minutes of having my head and neck rolled around, I was as goo as new. It was amazing!
The only positive out of the whole experience, is that if it ever happens again I will be able to identify it immediately and go to the physio to get it fixed straight away.”
Unfortunately, this BPPV-style vertigo is a common issue we see in our clinic, but, fortunately, it can often be fixed quickly as highlighted by this patient’s story above. One of the techniques used by Dave (and our other vestibular-trained physios) to combat BPPV-style vertigo is the Epley’s Manoeuvre. This manoeuvre is designed to move otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals) out of the small canals in your inner ear to a place where they normally sit and cause no trouble.