Vestibular (Dizziness & Balance) Rehabilitation Service
This service is provided by Senior Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists who have undergone specialised post-graduate training in this area. There are a wide range of causes for why people feel dizzy or experience a loss of balance. For some people, the vestibular system in the inner ear is not functioning properly which can lead to symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, and altered vision; which are often associated with movement. Some of the conditions that can lead to vestibular problems include Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Meniere’s disease, post ear surgery, vestibular neuritis and labyrinthitis.
The first session includes a full balance assessment to determine the nature of the patient’s symptoms and treatment is based upon the assessment findings. Treatment may include specialised manual techniques for BPPV and a tailored exercise programme to help to desensitise the vestibular system to reduce symptoms and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Patients may self- refer to this service or be referred by their GP/Consultant. We have excellent links with Beacon Audiology, ENT and Neurology Consultants. If you are unsure if you need an appointment, please contact our reception staff and one of our specialised physiotherapists can call you back.
On the day of your appointment, it is important that you bring someone with you who is able to drive you home. This is because some of the necessary tests may bring on your symptoms and affect your ability to drive home.
As part of this service, our physiotherapists have access to the SMART EquiTest System to fully evaluate the patient’s balance and dynamic stability. This technology provides the ability to assess and retrain balance with visual biofeedback by challenging their stability and visual environment.