The vestibular system is the sensory system involving the brain and inner ear that contributes to spatial awareness, balance, and coordinates eye movements. Vestibular rehabilitation can help individuals experiencing the symptoms of vestibular disorders that often arise from head trauma (motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, falls), ear infections or pathology (i.e.: BPPV) or certain medications. Vestibular rehabilitation works to restore normal vestibular function and/or teach the central nervous system to adapt to decrease symptoms and improve quality of life.
A vestibular assessment is typically 45-60 minutes in length. You’ll complete a questionnaire to help your Physiotherapist guide your treatment. A physical assessment may assess head and eye movements, balance and walking, motion sensitivity, and musculoskeletal function.