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Dizzy and Balance Programs
Physiomobility offers a comprehensive evidence-based assessment and treatment by physiotherapists trained in Vestibular rehabilitation. The Dizzy and Balance Program is designed to address balance, dizziness and gait (walking pattern) to improve our patients walking and daily function and to prevent falls. The program provides vestibular physiotherapy and rehabilitation to decrease dizziness, increase confidence and lower anxiety. It also utilizes traditional exercise therapies to strengthen lower extremities and core muscles and improve mobility and posture.
Dizziness and balance disorders can be debilitating and frustrating. Having problems with dizziness and balance can limit driving, working, sports, walking, or simply getting out of bed. A large portion of the population suffers from dizziness at some time in life. If you are experiencing any of these problems, we are here to help.
We commonly treat the following conditions:
- Dizziness or vertigo (spinning sensation)
- Imbalance or disequilibrium
- Migraine causing dizziness
- Decreased strength and endurance
- Cervicogenic Dizziness (dizziness originating from neck)
We also treat dizziness and imbalance left after conditions such as:
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Meniere’s Syndrome
- BPPV (Commonly known as Vertigo)
- Bilateral & Unilateral Vestibular hypofunction
- Neurological Disorders (stroked, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s)
- Physical Deconditioning
Our assessment and Treatment
Our dizziness and balance program is based on research, we assess the fall risk and address the causes of the condition. We employ assessment and treatment techniques and methods to alleviate dizziness associated with inner ear and design exercise programs to improve function and balance. We use the latest technology such as infrared goggles to record involuntary eye movement for a thorough examination. Our physical therapists work closely with audiologists, ENT physicians, and other physicians to ensure our patients befit from an appropriate individualized program for each person based on testing and evaluations.
What is vestibular rehabilitation?
Vestibular rehabilitation is a specific individualized exercise-based program to promote the brain’s compensation for inner ear deficits such as reduced inner ear function on one or both sides (referred to as vestibular Hypofunction) and other conditions listed above. The success rate of vestibular rehabilitation is very high (on average 85%) to a point that even individuals with long-term unresolved inner ear disorders and balance concerns who have undergone a period of medical management with little or no success may benefit from it. Vestibular rehabilitation is highly effective in acute episodes of dizziness such as BPPV, it is drug-free and cost effective and significantly improves patient’s quality of life. Not every dizzy symptom is related to inner ear problems. Patients struggling with imbalance will benefit from the balance retraining component of the program. Many orthopaedic and neurological conditions and even vision changes can affect balance.
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Physiomobility clinic’s Dizzy and Balance Program fees can be covered by insurance plans as it is a form of physiotherapy and treatments are provided by a registered physiotherapist trained in vestibular rehabilitation. Patients do not require a physician referral to benefit from our program but are encouraged to visit their primary care physician to rule out other possible causes for their dizzy symptoms and discuss with their physician if they would benefit from this program.