• "...physical therapy for dizziness and imbalance, or more generally; balance rehabilitation"


    Vestibular rehabilitation is now available at the Killens Reid Physiotherapy Clinic in Ottawa, Ontario. Vestibular rehabilitation encompasses evidence-based assessment and treatment approaches.

    ...physiotherapy for dizziness and imbalance, or more generally; balance rehabilitation"

    Anatomy of the Inner Ear

    Who is appropriate for Vestibular Rehabilitation?

    Individuals who report any or all of the following symptoms as a result of a vestibular disorder:

    • Dizziness
    • Unsteadiness
    • Vertigo
    • Balance Problems
    • Motion sensitivity (quick head movements provoke dizziness)
    • Problems with gaze stability (blurring of vision with head movement)

    Balance problems may be as a result of upper neck and/or inner ear and/or vision problems as a result of:

    • Head Trauma (car accidents, falls, impact sports)
    • Ear infections including vestibular neuronitis and labyrinthitis
    • Aging
    • Postural dysfunctions
    • Illness or disease
    • Insidious onset such as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) where crystals get displaced and get caught in one or more of the semicircular canals in the inner ear
    • Stroke or brain injury

    What can you expect?
    Vestibular Rehabilitation is a specialized physiotherapy treatment program that is individualized for each client and aims to relieve the symptoms and discomfort associated with dizziness and balance problems.

    A thorough assessment is performed focused on functioning in several areas:

    • Eye and head coordination
    • Balance and gait
    • Motion sensitivity
    • Neck joint stiffness and stability factors, as well as muscle tension and patterning factors, that may lead to poor proprioception and a feeling of disequilibrium

    Following the initial assessment, treatment may include:

    • Balance retraining exercises
    • Specific vestibular exercises
    • Supervised therapy sessions to monitor progress and continually challenge the vestibular, visual and balance systems
    • Repositioning manoeuvre for BPPV
    • Manual therapy to mobilize stiff neck joints and release tense muscles;
    • Exercise therapy to correct muscle imbalances and retrain proprioception

    For more information, please contact Killens Reid Physiotherapy
    Tel: 613.594.8512 Fax 613.594.0213 Email: killensreid@rogers.com