The vestibular rehabilitation program is for people with symptoms of dizziness and/or imbalance as a result of damage to the inner ear or brain. This is a specialised service with skilled therapists specifically trained in managing vestibular disorders.
An initial team assessment is completed to determine the cause of dizziness, its secondary effects and whether rehabilitation is suitable. Following this, an individualised treatment program is developed to address specific goals.
This program includes:
- exercise physiology
- occupational therapy
- psychology services
The physiotherapist assesses and treats any physical problems that may occur as a result of the dizziness. This may include issues with mobility, balance, falls or fear of falling and vestibular exercises. Damage to the reflexes associated with the vestibular system are also reviewed. Occupational therapy focuses on the assessment and treatment of functional issues that a patient may be experiencing with any daily activities. The psychologist helps address any primary or secondary psychological issues related to dizziness, including fear of falling or depression. The care coordination of the individual is overseen by a neurologist, who works directly with the treating therapists to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient.