Vestibular Physiotherapists have additional training and experience in the assessment and treatment or vertigo, dizziness and other vestibular issues, including poor balance.
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.
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.
- Inflammation in the inner ear
- Vestibular migraine
- Vestibular neuritis
- Acoustic neuroma
- Rarely, vertigo can be a symptom of a more serious neurological problem such as a stroke or brain haemorrhage.
- Vertigo or dizziness requires complex diagnostic skills therefore it is highly recommended to seek professional opinion of a health practitioner with expertise in the assessment and management of vestibular disorders.