The vestibular system, in the inner ear, provides information about balance and the body's position
in space. A problem with this system can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, poor balance, nausea,
light-headedness or vertigo.
Vestibular rehabilitation is the branch of physiotherapy that treats disorders of the vestibular
system. Treatment can help improve balance and reduce symptoms such as vertigo, nausea and
vomiting. Many conditions can be successfully treated with vestibular rehabilitation. These include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Dizziness associated with migraine
- Poor balance associated with aging
This is a specialised area of physiotherapy requiring post-graduate training. Our Chartered
Physiotherapist, Sarah Brady, is trained and experienced in this area. Sarah offers the vestibular
rehabilitation service at Collins Avenue Physiotherapy.
On your initial visit with Sarah, you will need to tell her about all of the symptoms you have been
experiencing. She will then conduct some tests to help determine the cause of these symptoms. This
can include: balance tests, walking tests, investigating how eye movements, or moving the head into
certain positions, may bring on dizziness. If the diagnosis is BPPV a series of head movements known
as the Epley manoeuvre may be performed. This has been shown in research to be very helpful for
this condition. For other conditions therapeutic exercises may be prescribed. Sarah will advise you
on any appropriate after-care requirements following your treatment.
Please allow 1 hour for your initial visit.
Some of the treatments and techniques that Sarah uses to assess your condition may provoke
symptoms of dizziness. We would advise that someone accompany you to your first visit and that
you don't plan on driving yourself home.