Vestibular Therapy in Calgary
The vestibular system (the inner ear) works with your brain and eyes to detect movement and positioning. This system is the reason you know where you are in space and which way is up. When your vestibular system is not working well, it can cause:
- Visual disturbance/imbalance
- Secondary issues including nausea/vomiting, reduced ability to concentrate, and fatigue
Vestibular dysfunction can occur for a variety of reasons and can significantly impact your quality of life. Many vestibular problems can be resolved with physiotherapy and others can be positively managed.
Vestibular therapy is an exercise-based therapy which is aimed at treating neurological and concussion-related symptoms. The exercises are composed to specifically improve and support the brain and help it to interact with the eyes, nerves, muscles and energy points of the body, thereby repairing the delicate balance between the inner ear and brain, as well as returning balance and head movement to their regular function. Over time and with a repeated amount of sessions, these symptoms can be eradicated entirely.
Vestibular rehab is effective at treating:
- BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)
- Vestibular Neuritis
- Vestibular Hypofunction
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
Your therapist will work with you to assess the function of your inner ears, eyes, and neck to assess possible causes of dysfunction and get to the root cause of your symptoms.
Vestibular Therapy for Concussions
Though common, concussions are a traumatic brain injury that can have life altering effects if left untreated. A concussion will directly affect the vestibular system, causing it to be challenging for the concussed individual to orientate his or her surroundings.
Vestibular therapy with a concussion specialist is usually recommended to the 20% of concussion sufferers whose symptoms have not reduced following three weeks. Symptoms such as headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, balance problems, nausea and diminished memory can be considerably improved with vestibular therapy. As the relationship between the brain and inner ear is recovered, the full health of the central nervous system is gradually restored. Vestibular therapy works as it repairs brain and body balance, therefore eradicating symptoms linked with a concussion.
Our Calgary clinic regularly treats concussions with vestibular therapy. You will work with a concussion specialist who will evaluate your symptoms and review your medical history, including whether this is your first concussion or not.