Vestibular Physiotherapy

Article by Shane Armfield

What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?

Vestibular physiotherapy addresses problems with your vestibular system. Your vestibular system commonly causes symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, spinning, nausea and vomiting, lightheadedness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus), double vision, or impaired balance. 

Vestibular Physiotherapists have additional training and experience in the assessment and treatment or vertigo, dizziness and other vestibular issues, including poor balance.

What is the Vestibular System?

The vestibular system contributes to your balance and sense of spatial orientation. Your vestibular system is comprised of two components: 

  • Semicircular canal system, which detects rotational movements
  • Otoliths, which indicate linear accelerations. 

The vestibular system sends signals primarily to your brainstem and neural structures that control eye movements, and your balance mechanisms. Your vestibular system is located in your inner ear. 

Vertigo or Dizziness?

They do differ slightly. Please view the links below for more information.

Vertigo & Dizziness

Common Causes 

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Due to the complex diagnostic skills required to accurately diagnose the cause of your vertigo or dizziness, we highly recommend seeking the professional opinion of a healthcare practitioner with a special interest in, or expertise in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders.

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Last updated 07-Jul-2018 03:32 PM

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