Vestibular Physiotherapy referred to as Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is a highly effective treatment modality for most individuals with vestibular or central balance system disorders. VRT is a specific form of physio designed to improve balance, minimize falls and decrease dizziness by restoring vestibular function and promoting mechanisms of central adaptation and compensation. Learn More
I was wary of this because of the lack of bad reviews, but now I see why. A very thorough consultation about my balance issues, and after several doctor appointments, a trip to A&E, an MRI, and a full balance assessment in the Beacon, none of which were very conclusive, I finally feel like I'm getting some answers - and solutions. Ben was helpful, friendly, and non-judgemental, and I felt that I was taken seriously and listened to.
Gillian performed the Epley manoeuvre for my vertigo and gave me balance exercises to do.She was very kind and informative and certainly my dizziness has greatly improved.
I was referred to Aine for treatment by my GP, who had recognised my symptoms as possibly being vestibular migraine. I had recurring headaches, fuzziness, tiredness and general fatigue. Aine took some time with me and diagnosed vestibular migraine. She advised a course of treatment which was self managed. Thankfully my symptoms have stopped after 3-4 weeks. I would highly recommend Aine and the treatment has made a massive difference to me.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is designed to desensitise the balance system to problematic movements and to enhance the fine-tuning required for long term compensation. When compensation occurs for a vestibular deficit, the remaining Central Nervous System (CNS) processes allow sufficient control of eye, head, and body movements to maintain stable gaze, posture, and position.
Vestibular Physiotherapy takes advantage of the adaptive characteristics of the CNS to reestablish homeostasis within the vestibular system. This results in increased vestibular ocular accuracy, refinement of oculomotor skills, improvement in postural control, and utilization of appropriate movement strategies.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is typically designed as a therapist-directed patient-motivated home-based exercise protocol. Individuals visit the therapist on a limited basis. The patient engages in custom-designed exercises at home several times a day without therapist supervision. VRT exercises are graduated, beginning at the minimal skill level that the patient is capable of performing, with complexity being increased as compensation and habituation occur. Patients have regular follow up visits until compensation and habituation are complete, optimal balance is achieved, and symptoms of dizziness have resolved.
For additional information, the Vestibular Charity VEDA provides a wide range of research: www.vestibular.org
As do www.menieres.org.uk