So how can vestibular rehab help me?
Mrs T visited On Balance Physio after feeling like she was ‘spinning’ for four weeks and experiencing balance problems. Her condition had come on very suddenly following a virus. Mrs T had been prescribed medication but was still not able to get back to work or play tennis. Karen assessed Mrs T and gave her specific head-eye co-ordination exercises to carry out five times per day. She was seen weekly for a six week period, and the exercises became more challenging as her symptoms reduced. By six weeks, Mrs T had returned to work full time, and was driving and playing tennis again.
Dizziness is one of the commonest reasons people visit their GP. There are many conditions that cause dizziness, vertigo (spinning sensation) or a sense of being off balance. Balance is maintained by our visual, sensory and inner ear (or vestibular) systems working together. If one of these systems is not working as it should, then that’s where the problems start.
Karen Stevens specialises in vestibular rehabilitation, using proven physiotherapy techniques. The aim is reduce the sensation of dizziness and improve balance. Before the first session, a full assessment will be completed to establish the cause of the symptoms, and then a range of treatment/management strategies will be suggested. These include balance retraining, education and relaxation techniques. There are also exercises to practise that will encourage the vestibular system to adapt.
Conditions that benefit from vestibular rehab include benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, vestibular hypofunction, falls, whiplash associated dizziness, Meniere’s disease, migraine related dizziness, postural phobic vertigo. Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury and stroke, where dizziness is present, may also benefit.