Vestibular Physiotherapy

Vestibular Physiotherapy
  • Are you suffering from dizzy spells, loss of balance or nausea?
  • Do you lack confidence with your balance?
  • Do you have issues looking over your shoulder or rolling in bed?
  • Is your weekly shop becoming more of an ordeal due to dizziness?

If so, you may be suffering from a vestibular disorder.

Many people experience minor dizzy spells in day-to-day life. However, some conditions can severely limit daily function, impacting on your quality of life.

What is the vestibular system?

The vestibular system is made up of the inner ear, the nerve tissue from the inner ear to the brain and the brain itself, helping to control balance and eye movements. Information is co-ordinated with the brain, the eyes and the muscles, to maintain balance and visual focus. A disruption to any of these tissues may cause dizziness, balance problems, nausea and vomiting.

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What is vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT)?

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is an exercise-based programme designed to improve the function of the central nervous system, in an attempt to correct inner ear imbalances. The primary goal is to re-train the brain to coordinate information from the balance organs in the inner ear, the eyes and the proprioceptive system (sensory receptors that are sensitive to stretch or pressure). This will help to build up a tolerance to the stimuli that are bringing on your symptoms, and will effectively reduce them. With certain conditions, for example, Benign Paroxsymal Positional Vertigo (BBPV), resolution can be expected within one session, however, with other conditions the rehab process may take several months.

Contact us today to book a vestibular assessment in Manchester or Warrington.

Benefits of vestibular physiotherapy

  • Reduces dizziness
  • Improves balance
  • Improves nausea
  • Increases confidence
  • Assists safe return to work and activities

Helps with the following conditions

  • Benign Paroxsymal Positional Vertigo (BBPV)
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Vestibular Migraine
  • Travel Sickness
  • Falls
  • Ischaemic Vertigo
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Ototoxicity

What the treatment involves

The first visit may last up to 60 minutes and will include:

  • A full medical history evaluation, including symptom frequency, impact, intensity and triggers
  • Balance and movement analysis
  • Examination of the muscles and joints that may be associated with your symptoms
  • Specific tests for the ears and eyes to determine the cause of your symptoms
  • Hands-on treatment specific to your condition, including:
    • The Epley Manoeuvre
    • The Semont Manoeuvre
    • The Reverse Epley
  • An individualised vestibular rehabilitation programme of specific exercises
  • Discussion regarding self-management and future treatments
  • Referral to other specialties if required

Don’t suffer these debilitating symptoms any longer! Contact us today for a free telephone consultation, or book an appointment and start your recovery process today.

How much does it cost?

  • Initial Assessment – £80
  • Follow up treatment – £45

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