Clinical Indications for Vestibular Therapy Program

Sensory motor (balance) training, particle repositioning or canalith repositioning procedures and cognitive exercises are at the core of vestibular therapy. This training can assist the patient to maintain equilibrium on anautomatic basis.  Vertigo and vestibular dysfunctions have been correlated with many disorders including ataxia; low back pain; neck pain; ankle instability; knee instability; osteoarthritis; post stroke and selected cases of neuro-muscular and cognitive disorders. We have developed an innovative program to aid in rehabilitation including training in proprioception, visual acuity, tactility, vestibular system coordination, cognitive behavioural therapy and cognitive enhancing skills. Increasing stability and coordination is a key outcome for this program.  The program will be delivered by a team with a special interest in sensory motor rehabilitation techniques.  (In special cases, the rehabilitation provider may utilize the assistance of a certified therapy dog with your consent).

Clinical Indications for Program:

People most appropriate for this program include those experiencing dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, gait instability, falls or fear of falling caused from the following vestibular disorders: BPPV,  concussion syndrome, cervicogenic vertigo, unilateral or bilateral peripheral vestibular dysfunction or motion intolerance. There is a strong correlation between vestibular problems and cognitive deficits and thus pateints suffering with ADHD, Dyslexia, dementia, etc may also be candidates for the program if a vestibular problem is identified. Patients with diagnosed neuro-degenerative diseases including Parkinsons  and early ALS may also be suitable candidates for this program.  (If symptoms are related more to cognitive deficits- the Cognitive Rehab Program is a more suitable option)

Criteria for Inclusion:

Candidates for this program must be at least 4 years of age. The candidates must have a diagnosed vestibular disorder for longer than 3 months. The Clinical Director and Head of Psychological services will screen you to ascertain whether or not you are an appropriate candidate for this program. Finally, our Nurse Case Manager oversees your treatment from admission to discharge. We typically use sensory motor function assessments to screen people for the ability to learn specific motor control exercises.   Participants receive education, balance and vestibular exercises and strategies to help them reach their full potential. Objective testing is performed to measure each participant’s progress toward balance goals.