Bayshore Physical Therapy provides vestibular rehabilitation to Owen Sound patients.
The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain. It is responsible for maintaining balance, stability, and spatial orientation. Vestibular dysfunction is most commonly caused by a head injury, viral infection, or simply from aging. Vestibular disorders can also result from or be worsened by genetic or environmental conditions.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate problems caused by vestibular disorders. It is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system re-training for inner ear deficits, and to reduce:
Vestibular rehabilitation starts with a comprehensive assessment that will include collecting the history to understand the severity and frequency of your symptoms, your triggers, as well as the impact your symptoms have on your life. The assessment will include different tests to objectively evaluate the symptoms. To determine the source of your dizziness or balance problem, the assessment includes:
Sometimes the tests can be fatiguing and can result in temporary unsteadiness. A customized exercise plan may be given to perform at home. Exercises may at first make symptoms worse, but will decrease over time.
Benign paroxysnnal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a mechanical problem in the inner ear. Calcium carbonate crystals (otoconia) become dislodged and migrate into one or more of the 3 fluid filled semicircular canals, where they are not supposed to be.
For patients with BPPV, the exercise methods described for VRT are not appropriate to resolve this type of vestibular disorder. Depending on the type of BPPV, different repositioning maneuvers can be performed to help resolve the spinning by guiding the crystals back to their normal location.
Bayshore Physical Therapy is ready to help with your vestibular disorder, so contact us today.