Vestibular Rehabilitation

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.

Treatment for a vestibular disorder will vary according to the individual findings of the clinical assessment. Your treatment may include a combination of balance retraining exercises, special vestibular or habituation exercises, exercises for visual/gaze stability, a supervised home exercise program, and/or a repositioning manoeuvre for a common problem called BPPV (Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo).

Benefits of Vestibular Rehabilitation

  • Alleviation of spinning sensations
  • Restored balance
  • Decreased motion sensitivity and nausea
  • Reduced headaches
  • Decrease sensitivity to bright lights and noises
  • Increase the ability to read and concentrate

In some cases, it is possible that a comprehensive initial assessment may aggravate symptoms of a concussion or vestibular disorder, so we recommend that you arrange to have someone ensure your safe transportation following the session.

Rates

  • Initial visit – $110
  • Extended initial visit – $145
  • Subsequent visit – $80
  • Extended subsequent visit – $110 – $145

We offer two time lengths for comprehensive assessments for Vestibular Rehabilitation. This is to give you the flexibility for booking according to your individual needs.

You also have the option of a subsequent visit or an extended subsequent visit, depending on the time your therapist determines is best suited for you following your initial assessment.