The vestibular system is a sensory apparatus located in our inner ears, responsible for our head position, spatial orientation and postural changes. It works closely with our brain and eyes to allow us to balance, react to sudden changes in environment and maintains our posture. It is essential in allowing us to carry out our daily tasks, exercise and for safety.
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As a result of injury (trauma, concussion or falls), infection (vestibular neuritis, labyrinthitis and meningitis) and ageing, our vestibular system can start to break down. Conflicting information sent to the brain and muscles results in dizziness/vertigo, nausea and vomiting as well as falls. Not only does this become a safety issue for patients, but the chronic dizziness and nausea is highly distressing and if left untreated can lead to anxiety and depression.
Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based protocol designed by a specialised physiotherapist to improve the efficiency of your vestibular system in order to reduce problems related to dizziness.
Commonly Treated Disorders include:
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
- Migraine & Vestibular migraine
- Persisten postural perceptual dizziness
- Post-concussion syndrome/ Minor Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI)
- Ocularmotor dysfunction
- Hypofunction as the result of Meneire’s Disease, Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis
- Cervicogeneic Headaches post concussion
- Chronic dizziness resulting in falls
If with to discuss your symptoms with our physiotherapists, please do not hesitate to call our friendly staff.