Vestibular Physiotherapy Collingwood
Dizziness And Balance Help – Vestibular Rehabilitation
If you live with dizziness, vertigo, or other balance-related conditions, you may be very interested in our vestibular physiotherapy services here at Maximum Physiotherapy.
Dizziness conditions come in many different forms such as vertigo, BPPV, neuritis, imbalance, and the management of concussion-related symptoms.
For over 20 years, our experienced vestibular physiotherapists have helped people across the Collingwood and Blue Mountain area recover from dizziness-related issues. We appreciate and fully understand the impact that this condition has on your life.
We know that you want your life back. We help make that happen!
How Does Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Work?
Our vestibular physiotherapy (also called vestibular rehabilitation) is a proven approach for dizziness and balance problems, and is very effective for most age groups. In fact, the success rate for a single treatment is 78% (Helminski, Janssen, Kotaspouikis, et al., 2005).
The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear that sense head movement and position, the nerve pathways that carry that information to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process it.
The brain uses inputs from the vestibular system, visual system and your muscles and joints to maintain your balance, orientation, and the ability to see clearly when you move.
Our physiotherapists carefully measure these movements, identify the breakdowns, and choose therapeutic options designed to meet your unique needs resulting in a highly personalized program.
Symptoms of Dizziness and Balance Issues
Vestibular-related issues can result from a number of reasons, including head trauma, inner ear issues and infections, medication, brain-related issues, and more.
Problems in any part of this complex system can result in feelings of dizziness, vertigo, poor balance, and visual issues (such as double vision) and associated nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue and poor concentration.
Some of the conditions typically associated with vestibular related issues include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Balance disorders
- Sports Injury
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Ear Infection
- Meniere’s disease
- Vestibular neuritis
Vestibular Therapy Assessment – The First Step
As mentioned above, vestibular therapy is a type of physiotherapy that uses special maneuvers and customized exercises to improve vertigo, dizziness, and balance disorders, but it all starts with a comprehensive assessment on the first visit.
Our vestibular therapy assessment typically involves:
HISTORY OF ISSUE: Our team will ask you a number of questions to better understand the full scope of your symptoms, actions that make things better and worse, and any related medical history. By the end of this step we will better understand your unique symptoms and how your condition has changed over time.
NEUROLOGICAL TESTING: The majority of vestibular symptoms typically have relationships with the body’s nervous system, so we perform manual neurological tests to help identify the true cause of your symptoms.
The simple, and painless tests often involve the movement of your legs and arms, the muscles and reflexes of your head, and tracking voluntary eye movements.
ASSESSMENT RESULTS: Once the assessment is completed, we will:
- Better understand the problem, and formulate a diagnosis
- Identify any secondary dysfunctions that require a referral back to your doctor
- Create a treatment plan that addresses your concerns and limitation.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Treatment and Therapy Exercises
Although on your first visit we focus on better understanding your condition, it does include treatment as well.
Treatment often involves physical movements or exercises, depending on the cause of your symptoms. Some treatment techniques can elicit symptoms but this is usually short lived, and reduced as much as possible.
Follow up visits are typically forty five minutes. Vestibular physiotherapy works best when you are willing to stick with home exercises regularly (often just a few minutes, a few times a day).
Many of our clients see a significant improvement in symptoms in four to six treatments. The most common type of vertigo can be completely gone after one to two sessions.
Typically sessions are once per week, then over time decrease in frequency to about once or twice per month.
Treatments are covered by most insurance plans making it convenient and affordable.
Vestibular rehabilitation is our focus. We are dedicated to providing exceptional physiotherapy for inner ear problems. We are experienced in improving symptoms of dizziness caused by vestibular disorders and concussions. We provide in-clinic and virtual care options, so you can access quality rehabilitation wherever you are.
Consider a Free Vestibular Physiotherapy Consultation
Unsure if our therapy options are right for your condition? No problem! We offer a complimentary phone consultation with a registered physiotherapist to discuss your issue and provide honest advice about treatment options.
Call us at 705-444-3600
Helminski JO, Janssen I, Kotaspouikis D, et al. Strategies to Prevent Recurrence of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;131(4):344–348. doi:10.1001/archotol.131.4.344