What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialized area of physiotherapy that is aimed at addressing impairments of the vestibular system. 

The vestibular system includes parts of the inner ear and brain that are responsible for processing information involved in controlling balance and eye movements. 

Research has shown that vestibular rehabilitation is effective in improving symptoms related to many vestibular disorders.

Common Conditions Treated

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Labyrinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis
Disuse disequilibrium
Ménière’s disease
Vestibular migraines
Cervicogenic Dizziness
What you can expect during a vestibular assessment
  • A discussion about your symptoms and health history
  • Screening for more serious causes of dizziness
  • Testing for sensitivity to position changes
  • An assessment of eye movement with and without infrared goggles
  • An evaluation of balance


About the technology we use

Infrared video goggles allow for a high definition view of your eyes to make diagnosis of vestibular disorders more accurate. These movements can be subtle and often not seen in room light.  By having a precise understnading of your vestibular issue, it allows us to implement the best treatment options and get you better faster!

How we treat it

Depending on your condition, your physiotherapist will suggest a variety of treatment options
Crystal repositioning for BPPV
Vestibulo-ocular reflex training
Exercises to reduce vision and motion sensitivity
Manual therapy for the neck
Neck proprioception exercises

Alana Petrie

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