Vestibular Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation
Do you suffer from chronic dizziness? Are you tired of relying on medication that may or may not work? Come see us for Vestibular Rehab!
Your body relies on balance to help you do just about everything. If you’re experiencing dizziness, balance problems, or even a ringing in your ears, it could be a sign that your vestibular system is in trouble. Our therapists are here to help you with your symptoms of dizziness and get back on your feet, regain your balance with our vestibular rehabilitation services.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is provided at Opal Physiotherapy in Langley, BC. Our team has widespread experience in vestibular rehabilitation treatment that is customized to meet your needs.
At Opal Physiotherapy, we offer Vestibular Rehabilitation to help clients with dizziness, vertigo, and other vestibular symptoms. Physiotherapist at Opal Physiotherapy is trained in vestibular rehabilitation and physiotherapy, using a personalized approach to help clients achieve their goals. Treatment is provided with the aim to teach patients how to regain their balance through a variety of exercise methods.
We have helped many of our clients regain their balance and function.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is a vestibular system?
The vestibular system is a peripheral system comprised of several structures, but the main component is the vestibular labyrinth found in the inner ear. This vestibular labyrinth consists of semicircular canals and the otolith organs.
The semicircular canals function to detect any angular displacement of the head through the anterior, posterior, and horizontal canals. Each canal detects the motions to provide the representation of angular head displacement.
The otolith organs detect the acceleration/deceleration and tilt or gravitational pull through the otoconia, which are the calcium carbonate crystals that deflect the hair cells in the macula. These give us feedback on motion sense, whether you are up/down or forward/backward.
What are the vestibular system functions?
The vestibular system provides the brain with constant information about movement, head position, and body orientation through the vestibular ocular reflex mechanism (VOR). The VOR acts to maintaining a stable vision during movements.
The vestibular system primary functions are to maintain postural stability, gaze stability and sensory-motor control by providing:
- balance and equilibrium.
If anything goes mismatch in the vestibular system, symptoms like:
- Loss of balance
- Blurred vision
- Falls/near falls
- Motion sensitivity
might occur with a wide range of severity from mild symptoms to being debilitating with day-to-day functions.
What can cause problems in the vestibular system?
Peripheral vestibular dysfunction causes can include:
- BPPV – Benign paroxysmal Positional vertigo
- Unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypofunction – for example, from Inner ear infection
- Meniere’s disease
- Perilymphatic fistula
Central vestibular dysfunction causes
- Vestibular Migraines
- Trauma/head injury
- Neurological disorders including stroke, MS etc
Neck-related / Cervicogenic dizziness.
What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
Vestibular Rehabilitation is an exercise-based physiotherapy treatment program for balance and dizziness problems caused by vestibular disorders, including central or peripheral. It is aimed at reducing the problems caused by vestibular pathology.
The goals of vestibular rehabilitation are to reduce dizziness, improve stability, balance, reduce falls and improve neuromuscular coordination and function.
Your treatment program will be personalized to your condition and may include any form of exercises from – positional treatments, balance training, habituation, and gaze stability exercises as appropriate for you.
How long is the vestibular physiotherapy treatment program?
Vestibular physiotherapy treatment time frame can vary from few days to months depending on the underlying cause and severity of your symptoms.
It is essential for the individual to consistently participate and perform the exercises at home for a better outcome.
If you need help with your vestibular therapy needs, call us at 604-532-7887 to book your appointment with our physiotherapist today.