Sydney Vestibular Physiotherapy
Sydney Vestibular Physiotherapy
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    WHAT IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY USED FOR?

    The therapy is used to treat vertigo or dizziness and other balance disorders. 

    WHAT IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION?

    Vestibular rehabilitation is a program designed to allow central nervous system compensation for deficit within the vestibular system. It is a tailor made program of exercises and other treatments. 

    HOW DOES VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION WORK?

    When there is a problem with your vestibular system, your brain receives incorrect information about where your body is in space. This incorrect information causes the dizziness, blurred vision, disequilibrium or “spinning”. Often people avoid the activities that increase their dizziness, but avoiding these activities and remaining relatively still can make the problem worse. In order for the brain to change and adapt, it needs to receive input from the inner ear. This input happens when we move our head. Over time, with specific exercises, the brain will adapt, dizziness can improve or resolve completely and balance improves. 

    HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE A VESTIBULAR DISORDER?

    Often people with a vestibular disorder will experience vertigo. Other symptoms may include; poor balance, blurred vision and falls. Your symptoms may have started very suddenly, be present for much of the day and become more pronounced with head movement. Or, your symptoms may come and go and only be present with certain activities, such as rolling over in bed, tipping your head up or down. 

    WHAT ARE SOME OF THE CONDITIONS THAT CAN BE TREATED WITH VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION?

    Conditions such as BPPV, Vestibular neuritis, Labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, acoustic neuroma, stroke or other brain injury with vertigo and imbalance. 

    HOW EFFECTIVE IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY?

    Current scientific research shows us that vestibular rehabilitation therapy is extremely effective in treating most vestibular disorders.  For the majority of patients, one appointment is all that is necessary to see significant, lasting changes in the way they feel.  

    WHO IS VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY APPROPRIATE FOR?

    Vestibular rehabilitation has been proven to be effective for all age groups. It is a therapy, which will be effective for patients with longstanding as well as new dizziness. 

    HOW CAN VESTIBULAR REHABILITATION THERAPY HELP ME?

    The therapy will not only reduce or eliminate your experience of vertigo but will also greatly improve your balance, coordination and all round confidence and independence. 

    HOW MANY APPOINTMENTS WILL I NEED?

     Current scientific research has proven that the majority of cases of the most common types of vestibular disorder resolve after two treatments.