What is the vestibular system? The vestibular system is a sensory system found in the inner ear that senses acceleration and positions of the head. The brain interprets the information from the vestibular system (inner ear); somatosensory system (feet; ankle joints etc.) and visual system (eyes) to coordinate movement and maintain balance. When one these systems fail, it can cause you to feel off-balance and dizzy. This can be caused by a peripheral (inner ear) or central (brain) pathology.
We assess and treat the following conditions:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular neuritis
- Acoustic neuroma or CNS tumors
- Bilateral vestibular loss
- Dizziness post stroke; head injury; multiple sclerosis
- Treatment is condition based. It may involve repositioning of dislodged crystals through specific head and body movements or adaptation; which uses visual and balance therapy to recalibrate the brain with your vestibular system. With the help of therapy your dizziness should decrease, helping you to return to daily activities.
Patients can see a vestibular therapist if they have had any dizziness, loss of balance, feelings of unsteadiness, nausea, or any of the other symptoms, especially if preceded by ear infections, head trauma, concussions, falls, or any other injuries to the brain.