Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR)

Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of therapy for people with vestibular system dysfunction. It can lead to dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, visual difficulties, hearing problems and reduced mobility.

The types of conditions treated include:

  • vestibular neuritis
  • labyrinthitis
  • head injuries
  • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Specialist assessment and treatment of these disorders is carried out by a physiotherapist. An initial assessment will take between an hour and an hour and half and will normally involve trying to aggravate any feelings of dizziness and/or vertigo.

This is done through head and body movements. It can be necessary to rest for a while after assessment to allow any symptoms to settle.

treatment

Treatment will involve:

  • visual exercises
  • canalith repositioning techniques
  • balance retraining
  • lifestyle changes. ​

Some treatments have immediate effect whereas others may take several weeks to become established.