Vestibular Physiotherapy

Person suffering from dizziness, who could be helped with vestibular physiotherapy

Vestibular physiotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for conditions which cause symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, nausea, room spin and loss of balance.

Whether dizziness and balance are of an acute onset or have been a problem for years, a specially designed assessment can identify the problem and a specific individualised rehabilitation programme can be set up to deal with it.

Commonly Treated Conditions are:

  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis
  • Visual vertigo
  • Migrainous vertigo/Vestibular migraine
  • Menières disease
  • Post operative rehabilitation following removal of acoustic neuroma

How it Works

The two inner ear balance organs (one for each ear) send information about head movements to the balance centre in the brain. This information is essential for the maintenance of balance. If either balance organ sends incorrect information to the brain the result is dizziness and imbalance. This in turn can cause nausea and vomiting, all of which can be quite distressing.

This can be improved by practising vestibular rehabilitation exercises. These are visual and balance exercises aimed at compensating for the uneven messages the brain receives. It can sometimes take months to correct but you do not need to attend frequently during this time.

Alternatively, in the condition BBPV, there is a build up of crystals in the balance organs causing problems and this can be resolved in one or two treatments by using repositioning techniques, most commonly the Epley Manoeuvre.

For a vestibular assessment, contact us at the Chancery Lane clinic or St John’s Wood, where specially trained physiotherapists Chris Pinches and Kieran O’Dea will be happy to see you.

Read more about vestibular physiotherapy in Hayley’s blog here.

Patient Testimonial

Overall my experience was excellent – from calling for an appointment, to check-in, to initial evaluation, to diagnosis and treatment, to the follow-up e-mail from the provider to see how I was doing, to the promptness of the e-mail documenting the diagnosis and treatment I requested for my insurance carrier.

Hayley Dalton, my provider was very professional, very knowledgeable, very thorough, a very good communicator – explaining everything as we went along , very warm and friendly, as well as caring.  I very much appreciated her following up to see how I was doing and following up on my request for more detail for my insurer.  I could not have been any more pleased with Hayley and my overall experience.  Thank you Hayley and all those who interacted with me and my wife.

Ed Carlson, a very grateful patient of Central Health (I cannot imagine what my tour would have been like if I didn’t get the treatment I needed).

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