Do you suffer from dizziness, imbalance or disequilibrium? Then vestibular physiotherapy can help.
Vestibular physiotherapy is a specialized form of physiotherapy that aims to treat people with vestibular disorders; physiotherapists go through extra training in this area to provide a high quality service utilizing our infrared goggles (Videonystagmography). Vestibular Physiotherapists use Vestibular rehabilitation (VRT), which is an exercised based programme designed to promote compensation for any vestibular deficits. It can take up to 16 weeks of VRT before compensation is achieved, so consistency and patience is a must. VRT can include gaze stabilisation exercises that train the eyes to maintain clear vision while the head moves as well as balance and coordination exercises. VRT has a strong evidence base and has been extensively researched. It is considered to be the most successful management approach for people with dizziness and balance problems associated with disorders of the vestibular system.
The Vestibular System includes the inner ear, the eyes and the brain and spinal cord, it works together to give information about balance, posture and the body’s orientation in space. A fault in this system is what causes the feelings of unsteadiness and dizziness. The most common cause of dizziness is Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo – BPPV (tiny crystals in the inner ear disrupt the normal function of the inner ear). We can accurately diagnose whether this is your issue using our infrared goggles. If BPPV is diagnosed, a simple head manoeuvre as treatment can help alleviate symptoms.
If you or someone you know are experiencing any symptoms as listed above, get in contact with the clinic. Physiotherapy is highly effective and can have a huge impact on improving your quality of life.