What is vestibular rehab?
It is a specialized form of physiotherapy that helps treat vestibular disorders or symptoms including vertigo, dizziness, balance loss, or visual dysfunction.
The goals of vestibular rehab are to enhance gaze and postural stability, reduce or eliminate vertigo and improve overall function.
Who needs vestibular rehab?
A recent study estimated that up to 35% of adults aged 40+ have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction.
Individuals diagnosed with both acute or chronic vestibular disorders would benefit from vestibular rehab. These conditions include BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), Vestibular Neuritis, Labyrinthitis, Vestibular Migraine, Concussion, Meniere’s Disease and Mal de Debarquement.
Do I need a referral?
No, you do not need a referral from your family doctor to see a vestibular physiotherapist. However more chronic/complex vestibular conditions can warrant a more collaborative approach between your GP, ENT specialist, audiologist, physiotherapist and vision therapist.
Living with dizziness, vertigo or balance disturbances do not need to be “your” normal. Reach out to your local physiotherapist to discuss your options!
Olivia Martins, PT