Vestibular Rehabilitation Burnaby, BC
The vestibular system monitors body position in space and balance through a sensory integration of the inner ear with the brain. This system can undergo changes which give rise to signs and symptoms such as: nystagmus, vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, and compromised vision. Some common causes of vestibular disorders include:
- Motor vehicle accidents, falls, and sports injuries causing head trauma
- Vestibular degeneration (age-related)
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Neurological Dysfunction
- Impaired Ear Function with infections such as vestibular neuritis/labyrinthitis
Our Vestibular Therapy Experts Can HelpIf you’re not sure what the cause of your dizziness may be, let us help. Our physiotherapists are experts when it comes to the vestibular system (treatment of dizziness/vertigo, balance impairments). Many people are unaware that you do not need a physician’s referral to see a physiotherapist for vestibular therapy.
Nausea and dizziness can become particularly intrusive and bothersome for you to deal with on a regular basis. You might even be suffering from chronic migraines as a result of your vestibular system.
It can also worsen or lead to other symptoms like frequent vomiting, balance issues, and other balance concerns. Our team can zero in on the cause and find you a solution. The most common reason for frequent dizziness is BBPV.
A trained vestibular therapist will provide you with individualized assessment, treatment and management of the root cause of the vestibular disorder through vestibular techniques, balance training, habituation exercise prescription, gazed stability exercises, balance through education, and a home exercise program. Vestibular physiotherapy/rehabilitation restores the normal functioning of the system by decreasing the symptoms and a return to normal life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vestibular Rehabilitation
What is Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)?Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo is the most common form of vertigo. With BPPD, tiny crystals become loose inside the ear canals which is why you usually feel the effects when you try to get up or lift your head. With BPPV, dizziness and balance impairments typically occur when you do things like roll over in bed, get up out of bed, or lift your head to look up because the loose crystals are shifting inside your ear canal and disturbing proper function.
How is vertigo/BPPV diagnosed?To assess BPPV, your physiotherapist will start by attempting to recreate the conditions that usually trigger your symptoms. Your physiotherapist does a comprehensive assessment and will ask you questions about your medical history to rule out anything else that may be causing your dizziness.
What is the treatment approach for BPPV and how effective is it?This form of treatment is quick and easy lasting less than 10 minutes. A physiotherapist identifies out-of-place crystals through a series of tests and uses manipulative physiotherapy techniques to move the head in order to reposition the crystals back to where they belong. Your individualized treatment plan is entirely pain-free and non-invasive.
How many treatments do I need for relief?Some patients are relieved after only one effective treatment. Depending on the severity of your vestibular dysfunction, it may take more. Typically, no more than 3 treatments are necessary to have you feeling better.
Does treatment always cure vertigo?The rate of success reported after just one treatment is an incredible 80%-94%. You can feel good about the fact that therapy provides an excellent chance to recover from or greatly improve your troublesome symptoms.
Will my treatment be covered by my insurance?Yes. This is an insurance-covered therapy. Most major insurance companies will cover vestibular rehabilitation when performed by a registered physiotherapist.
Our office will be happy to do this for you. If you’re not sure whether or not your insurance covers physiotherapy, please give them a call and check prior to your appointment.
Schedule Your Vestibular Physiotherapy appointment today.Your relief could be just one appointment away. Don't hesitate and call us today or go online to our website and book an appointment through our convenient app.
Our experienced team of physiotherapists are waiting for you and cannot wait to help you finally gain control over your dizziness with a holistic approach so you can spend more time enjoying all aspects of life.