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Vestibular Rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation refers to treatment for vertigo (dizziness and imbalance). The types of balance problems treated at Reinhold Rehabilitation Services:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Inner ear (Vestibular problems)
  • Balance disorders
  • Joint and muscle problems

The goal of Vestibular Rehabilitation is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in co-ordination with information from vision and proprioception. This involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms.

Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based approach to relieve the symptoms and discomfort of vestibular disorders. Dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness and balance problems can all be treated through a gentle exercise program tailored to meet the specific needs of the patient.

Throughout North America, people are getting better and returning to normal lives through Vestibular Rehabilitation.

Vestibular Rehabilitation FAQ'S

What can be expected with vestibular rehabilitation?

Following the assessment with a Registered Physiotherapist with special training, an individualized home exercise program will be given. Follow-up appointments will be made in order for the physiotherapist to monitor the progress and enhance the individual program. In general, improvement of symptoms is seen within 6-8 weeks.

Why am I dizzy?

Vestibular organs in your inner ear signal to your brain whether you are moving and how your head is oriented. Your brain combines these signals with the signals of your eyes, muscles and joints. When there is a break-down of any part of the vestibular system, dizziness can result. Evaluation by a vestibular specialist will access the imbalance/dizziness symptoms and determine if it is a vestibular problem or other cause.

What are the effects of vestibular rehabilitation?

Through specific exercise and activities balance improves over time and if the exercises are correctly performed, headaches, muscle tension and fatigue will stop and symptoms of dizziness will decrease or disappear. Symptoms may seem worse at the initial start of training as the brain needs to figure out the new set of movements in the exercises.