Many people complain of dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness, and balance problems. Several factors may lead to these symptoms, but the majority are affected by an issue with a portion of the inner ear and the brain that controls coordination and eye movements, referred to as the vestibular system. Vestibular dysfunction may occur if this mechanism is damaged by illness or injury.
The vestibular mechanism helps us keep our balance and see clearly—vestibular disorders, which cause dizziness, vertigo, and loss of balance. Our therapists will create an individualized therapy schedule for you that will include activities to improve your balance, gait, vision, ears, and legs.
The majority of dizziness and discomfort symptoms will be remedied with vestibular therapy. Our mission is to restore function to your inner ear to reduce dizziness, increase equilibrium, and avoid falls.
During the recovery period, you can tailor a home fitness regimen to your physical health and diagnosis.
The majority of the techniques are intended to retrain the brain to perceive and interpret impulses from the inner ear, thus reducing dizziness. Any therapies include repositioning tiny crystals within the inner ear to alleviate a particular form of vertigo. Vestibular recovery activities will focus on resolving any balancing problems that could be present.
At Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic, you will be seen by a Physiotherapist trained explicitly in vestibular rehabilitation.
Your Physiotherapist will evaluate your performance in three main fields:
Following your evaluation, your program could contain one or more of the following:
Depending on your medical diagnosis, you can hope to see a change in your symptoms within 6 to 8 weeks, if not longer. Your Physiotherapist will be in touch with your prescribing physician or specialist to keep them updated on your results.
VRT activities are not hard to execute, but patients must be committed to achieving optimal effectiveness. Since the activities can be repetitive at times, it is essential to have a routine schedule integrated into everyday life.
Exercise can initially make symptoms seem worse. However, with time and diligent effort, symptoms can gradually fade, making everyday lives simpler for patients.
When patients enroll in VRT, a variety of factors may influence their chances of recovery. The form of vestibular dysfunction, for example, affects healing. It is essential to treat these conditions medically to increase the chances of success with VRT in patients with progressive or fluctuating disorders. Patients suffering from vestibular migraines can benefit more from VRT if they make lifestyle improvements and use pharmacological treatment to lessen or avoid headache attacks.
While VRT does not treat the vertigo attacks that patients with Meniere’s disease suffer, if the frequency of these attacks decreases with diet and treatment, or if suggested, with a more aggressive chemical or surgical form of intervention, then VRT can help reduce symptoms that occur between attacks. Medical management aims to control the condition better as far as possible so that reimbursement can occur. As a result, the fitness techniques used in VRT would have a greater chance of promoting reward and reducing vestibular-related symptoms.
Depending on the vestibular condition, the possibility for healing varies. Patients that have a unilateral lesion have a higher risk of survival than people who have bilateral lesions. VRT helps patients with bilateral lesions heal, but not as well or as quickly as it does patients with unilateral lesions.
The mechanisms of the brain that provide for compensation are compromised in patients with central vestibular disorders, limits both the volume and the rate of recovery. However, studies have shown that patients with central vestibular problems will benefit from VRT.
Kanata Orthopaedic Physiotherapy Clinic has been serving Kanata, Stittsville, West Ottawa, Nepean and surrounding areas for over 15 years. To book an appointment with a Physiotherapist specialized in the assessment and treatment of vertigo, dizziness, balance problems, BPPV or any other inner ear condition, please call us and request an appointment for Vestibular Rehabilitation.