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What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?

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What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?

The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and helps us to maintain balance and equilibrium.  Dysfunction in the vestibular system is quite common and can lead to:

  • Vertigo
  • Dizziness
  • Visual disturbance
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating

Physiotherapists perform ‘vestibular rehabilitation’, which involves assessment and treatment of the vestibular system.  There is a large body of scientific evidence supporting vestibular rehabilitation, including but not limited to use of specific exercises and manual therapy techniques.  Vestibular rehabilitation is also a crucial aspect to post-concussion rehabilitation.

Physio Roots attempts to identify all clinics that market themselves as having additional training in vestibular rehabilitation.  All physiotherapists have some training in vestibular rehabilitation and can treat basic vestibular conditions.  A physiotherapist with specific training in vestibular rehabilitation is more likely to accurately assess and treat more complex vestibular conditions.

Please note

This article is not intended to be a literature review.  While some literature may be cited in some cases, this article should not be used as scientific-evidence of a treatment or service.  Please contact your physiotherapist or other appropriate health care provider to better understand the scientific literature supporting or refuting the use of a particular treatment.

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