Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program, designed by a specialty-trained vestibular physiotherapist, to improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness and vertigo.
Dizziness, vertigo and loss of balance are common symptoms reported by adults during visits to doctors. They are all symptoms that can be the result of peripheral vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of the balance organs of the inner ear) or central vestibular disorder (a dysfunction of one or more parts of the central nervous system that help process balance and spatial information).
Treatment will vary according to the individual findings of the clinical assessment but may include special exercises for balance retraining, visual/gaze stabilization, and/or a repositioning maneuver for a common problem called Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV).
In some cases, a comprehensive initial assessment may aggravate symptoms of a vestibular order, so we recommend that you arrange to have someone drive you home following the initial session.
Decreases motion sensitivity
Decreases sensitivity to bright lights and noises
Increases ability to read and concentrate
* Please plan for a ride post session as you may not be suitable to drive right after the appointment due to dizziness.
Anant & Bryce are both vestibular rehabilitation physiotherapists.