Vestibular Rehab Physiotherapy

Come for a visit to see how your physio can help your vestibular problems

Your vestibular system is the sensory system in your body that communicates with your brain. This system coordinates with your brain information about your sense of balance and position or spatial orientation in space. This feedback can come from your ears, your eyes and even your spine and body joints.
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Phyllis was involved in a motor vehicle collision and as a result, began to feel dizzy and off balance. She had trouble walking and managing stairs. Even sitting still was uncomfortable for her
With help from her Burnaby physiotherapist here at Cedar, with treatment Phyllis was able to improve her balance and go about her day again without falling, feeling off balance or dizzy

Symptoms If You Have Vestibular Problems

The main job of your vestibular system is to coordinate your body movement and balance. If you are dealing with a vestibular issue, complications can sometimes include risks such as injuring yourself from a fall, reducing your quality of life as well as general overall discomfort.

Problems with your vestibular system can cause a number of issues. Some of these issues can include:

  • A feeling of being off balance
  • Anxiety
  • Blurred vision
  • Diarrhea
  • Disorientation
  • Dizziness
  • Eye fatigue after using the computer
  • Falling
  • Migraine, headache
  • Motion sensitivity
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to light & noise
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble reading for a long time
  • Vertigo or spinning feeling
  • Vomiting

Get Help For Your Vestibular Issues In Burnaby

We are your source for vestibular rehab in Burnaby. Your North Burnaby Heights physiotherapists are trained in comprehensive vestibular rehabilitation to restore balance to your vestibular system. These symptoms are very treatable and respond well with treatment.

Patients who have dealt with vertigo for months or even years can often find relief after a single session

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Click To Phone 604-738-1168

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Causes Of Vestibular Problems

Some of the reasons you may be having trouble with your vestibular communication system can includes things such as:

  • BPPV vertigo or Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo
  • Certain medications
  • Concussion
  • Falls
  • Head trauma such as from a motor vehicle injury or workplace accident
  • Infection of your inner ear
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Misplaced calcium debris
  • Poor circulation to your inner ear
  • Sports injuries
  • Vestibular migraine
  • Vestibular neuritis

How Do You Diagnose a Vestibular System Problem

To find out what is causing your vestibular problems, there are several different tests available. Some of the testing may include:

  • Checking your posture
  • Assessing how your head and body are moving
  • Tests to check your balance
  • A hearing test
  • Testing your vision
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging of your head and brain
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Vestibular System Therapy And Treatment

Once your physiotherapist has confirmed your vestibular problem, there are several treatments available to help you. Depending on what is causing the problem, your vestibular therapy can include:

  1. Rehabilitation therapy for vestibular sense disorders: There are many specific BPPV treatment exercises your physiotherapist can help you with. These exercises are designed to retrain your brain and re-establish the proper connections and coordination between your brain and your eyes, head and body
  2. Epley maneuver: Your physio may help you complete a movement procedure which helps re-position any misplaced crystals or otoliths in your inner ear. The re-positioning of these crystals can help reduce your symptoms
  3. Home exercise: There are many BPPV exercises your physio may recommend to help you with your vestibular issue as well as improve your energy and fitness
  4. Lifestyle: Sometimes changing things such as what you eat and do can help you. For example, one suggestion can be to avoid smoking or nicotine.
  5. Medication: Ask your doctor about medications that may help you manage your vestibular symptoms. This may also include antibiotics or antifungal medication to address any possible infections you may have
  6. Surgery: If your physiotherapist or medication is unable to help you with your vestibular system problem, there are certain surgical options available as well
  7. Yoga: A great way to improve your balance and coordination is through yoga

Patient Story

I came because of my dizziness that was caused by a car accident 2 years ago. Since then, I felt light headed most of the time. I was not able to walk straight and was constantly swaying my body, feeling unsteady. Then I saw a neurosurgeon who found nothing wrong but my dizziness persisted. I was always worried that I would loose my balance and fall. I would also keep my head still most of the time, to try and lessen my dizziness.

After 2 visits my dizziness started to improve. I was able to tolerate sitting without the sensation of swaying. My symptoms continue to improve with her treatment. I now feel more steady and confident moving around on my own. I don’t have any dizziness in sitting and standing with my eyes open. Now I can go up and down the stairs without fear of falling. I feel relieved that this could finally come to an end and that I can live my normal life!
Phyllis

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What does your vestibular physiotherapist do?

A: Your physio can help you deal with certain issues with your vestibular system. They can help you find out what is causing your symptoms and recommend a treatment plan.

Q: How can your physio help with your vestibular symptoms?

A: Your physiotherapist may help you with treatment that focuses on improving your eye and head coordination and movement. They may also recommend balance exercises to improve your balance

Q: How long does vestibular physio and rehab take?

A: Depending on the cause your vestibular symptoms, treatment can provide relief anywhere from immediately after treatment to needing 6 weeks or more. Your physiotherapist can give you a better idea after a thorough assessment and examination

Get Help For Your Vestibular Issues In Burnaby

We are your source for vestibular rehab in Burnaby. Your North Burnaby Heights physiotherapists are trained in comprehensive vestibular rehabilitation to restore balance to your vestibular system. These symptoms are very treatable and respond well with treatment.

Patients who have dealt with vertigo for months or even years can often find relief after a single session

Book Now

Click To Phone 604-738-1168

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