Vestibular physiotherapy is an exercise-based program designed to treat problems on the inner ear associated with poor balance, vertigo and dizziness. It works by training our nervous system to compensate for inner ear deficits.
Common symptoms of vestibular impairments include a feeling of the room spinning, nausea, motion sensitivity, hearing changes, imbalance, light sensitivity and a feeling of moving. Many vestibular conditions are improved with vestibular physiotherapy, these include, but are not limited to, BPPV, inner ear infections, post traumatic vertigo (such as after a car accident) and vestibular neuritis.
If you are unsure if you currently have a vestibular condition, please contact the clinic to set up an appointment. Initial assessments are 1 hour long, and will involve filling out an intake form, discussing the history of your condition in detail, a series of positional tests and vision and balance tests specific to your history. Treatment will be tailored to your individual needs.
Please Note: It is possible that you may feel some of your symptoms after the appointment, and for that reason we suggest you have someone accompany you to your first appointment to listen to all the information that is given to you and drive you home.
Please fill out our Vestibular Assessment form and bring it with you for your first appointment with us.
FAQs for Vestibular/Vertigo Rehabilitation
How long is the initial assessment?
45 mins. to 1 hour.
How long is a follow-up?
25 – 30 minutes.
How much does it cost?
$90, for initial assessment and each follow-up.
Is it painful, will I feel sick?
You will not experience any pain. Some of the positions the therapist puts you in may make you feel your symptoms of dizziness, however, this is used to help guide treatments and will be short-lived.
Can I wear my glasses or my contacts?
Wearing either is fine.
How many sessions will I need?
That depends on what the therapist finds in the initial assessment. It can range from 2–3, to 6–8 weeks of treatment, once per week.
Do I need a Doctor’s referral?
What conditions does Vestibular/Vertigo Rehab treat?
- BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
- Accoustic Neuroma
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
- Autoimmune inner ear disease
- Age-related Dizziness and imbalance
- Migraine Associated Vertigo
- Labryinthitis and Vestibular Neuritis
- Mal De Debarquement
- Perilymph Fistula
Do I have to prepare before coming?
- Do not drive yourself, arrange for a ride for the first session.
- Eat only a light meal before coming.
- Bring a list of any medications you are on.