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Vestibular Assessment / Treatment

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Are you suffering from:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo (Spinning)
  • Changes in your balance
  • Difficulty walking in the dark
  • Falls
  • Difficulty focusing in busy/crowded environments
  • Difficulty following moving objects with your eyes

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms it may be due to a dysfunction of your vestibular system, an important balance system located in your inner ear. Our vestibular-trained physiotherapists have access to the latest research and technology to correctly identify the cause of your dizziness and inform your rehabilitation needs. Enquire today to meet with a member of our skilled team and start your path to recovery.

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What is the Vestibular System?

The vestibular system is a balance system with provides sensory information relating to spatial orientation. When there is damage or dysfunction to the vestibular system, you may experience symptoms of dizziness or vertigo (spinning). Some conditions our skilled team assesses for include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), labyrinthine concussion, vertiginous migraine vestibular neuritis, labrynthitis, and Meniere’s Disease.

 

What can you expect from a Vestibular Assessment?

Our vestibular assessment includes collecting a detailed history of symptoms and how these affect daily activities. The physiotherapist will discuss any precipitating circumstances including possible head injury, history of falls, medication and other medical issues. 

The therapist will assess the visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive (body awareness) systems to identify the cause of your dizziness. Assessment strategies include careful observation of eye movements, positional testing to identify triggers of your dizziness, as well as balance testing. Video lenses, which record eye movements, may be used to further assist in assessment of your dizziness.

 

What can you expect from Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Following assessment, if your physiotherapist determines you would benefit from vestibular rehabilitation, he/she will create a customised exercise plan to address areas of dysfunction identified on assessment and work towards meeting your goals for rehabilitation. Exercise can be geared towards re-training your balance, helping the brain resolve differences in the signals from the inner ears, and/or improving the ability to visually focus. In addition, general exercise may be prescribed to improve over-all physical health and well-being.

 

What are the fees?

Vestibular assessment and treatment may be part or fully funded by ACC. Enquire today to learn more.  Our team also accepts private clients. Fees for assessment and treatment are noted below. 

Initial assessment: $149.50 (including GST)

Follow-up appointment: $80.50 (including GST)