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Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy? What's that?

Updated: May 20


Our physiotherapist Jezreel Suyom is launching a Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy at the clinic, which we are really excited about!

Jez is now a certified vestibular physiotherapist after completing his Vestibular Rehabilitation course. He is dedicated to assisting patients with complicated medical situations.


Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a type of therapy that is used to address the symptoms of vestibular illnesses. It's an exercise-based programme that aims to alleviate vertigo, dizziness, visual abnormalities, instability, and falls. The central nervous system can compensate for the loss of inner ear function when the vestibular system is impaired. To cope with the unsettling signals coming from the vestibular system, the brain learns to rely more on other signals from other systems in the body to maintain balance. This is performed by a variety of exercise programmes, which are mentioned further below. Compensation can alleviate the patient's symptoms, allowing them to resume normal function.

Symptoms that can be improved with vestibular rehabilitation if you haven't been examined or diagnosed with a vestibular disorder include:

  • a feeling of dizziness (sense of spinning)

  • Tightness, stiffness, and/or discomfort in the neck

  • Unevenness (difficulty getting up or walking without holding onto something)

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness at rest

  • Dizziness or altered vision with head movements

  • Falls

If you are wondering "Is Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy the Best Treatment for Me?"


We recommend having an examination with our Vestibular Physiotherapist Jezreel Suyom to discover if VRT is right for you.


Jez will take a full history of your symptoms and evaluate any relevant medical history during your first consultation. Other objective evaluations that may be included in your assessment include:


  • Stability of vision

  • Oculomotor activity

  • Standing in a balanced position

  • Walking with stability

  • Neck mobility and soreness when various structures in your neck are palpated

  • Positional examination of the inner ear, incorporating infrared goggle testing


What to expect from vestibular rehabilitation in terms of healing or outcome?


The following are some of the expected vestibular rehabilitation outcomes:

  • Symptoms of dizziness are lessened.

  • Reduced nausea

  • Improve your concentration or attention.

  • Improved standing or sitting balance

  • Reduced chance of falling

  • Improved capacity to keep one's sight stable

  • Improved capacity to track or focus on items in close proximity and at a distance

  • Neck mobility, stiffness, and/or pain have all improved

  • Increased self-assurance in resuming desired activities and pastimes


For additional information or to schedule an appointment, call 905-240-9355 or email

claringtonphysio@gmail.com


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