April 17, 2018 - Balance, Dizziness, & Vestibular Rehabilitation (with neck pain discussion)
Ryan will talk about the anatomy of the head, neck, and inner ear, and will provide information about the causes of these issues, as well as how vestibular rehabilitation can help you return to function and alleviate the associated symptoms.
What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?
The vestibular system is the inner ear sensory system that provides information on spatial orientation, which is important for maintaining balance. Vestibular rehabilitation includes the treatment of vertigo, dizziness, imbalance, and visual disturbances due to vestibular (inner ear system) disorders. Treatment aims to alleviate these symptoms through simple home exercises and in clinic treatment. In conjunction with treatment, you can often expect a decrease in secondary symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and headaches.
Vestibular rehabilitation can also help to treat balance issues associated with Benign Positional Paroxysmal Vertigo (BPPV), various neurological conditions, visually induced dizziness, dizziness caused by a neck dysfunction, and motion sensitivity to name a few. After a comprehensive clinical examination, the physical therapist will provide thorough education on your diagnosis, and prognosis or anticipated recovery. Patients are provided with a very simple customized exercise program to carry out independently at home prior to their next visit. These exercises may include balance retraining, motion habituation for motion sensitivity, visual exercise to challenge the visual disturbances, and/or canalith repositioning maneuvers.
The vestibular workshop will also include a portion on neck pain. Blaine will compliment Ryan’s vestibular workshop by discussing the impact of neck dysfunction. This will evolve into an explanation on some of the most common complaints involving neck pain, headaches and arm pain originating from the neck.