What is the Vestibular System?
The vestibular system includes the parts of your inner ear that sense your head position and movement, the nerve pathways that carry that information to your brain, and the parts of the brain that process it.
The brain uses inputs from the vestibular system, visual system and your muscles and joints to maintain your balance, orientation, and the ability to see clearly when you move.
What is Vestibular Physiotherapy?
Vestibular physiotherapy is a proven research-based therapy for many dizziness and balance conditions. It's a treatment that can assist with:
- inner ear issues and infections
- head trauma (including concussion)
- brain-related issues
- medication and more
The Sport Medicine Centre physiotherapist performs an assessment to evaluate how your body is able to rely on different systems for balance and movement; this assists in identifying the underlying source of the problem. In some cases, they use infrared goggles which allows certain eye movements to be detected and can provide important information about your condition to help determine the underlying problem.
Vestibular rehabilitation includes a series of exercises and/or rehabilitation techniques that are tailored for your recovery.
How Does Physiotherapy Treat Concussions?
Physiotherapists work as part of an intradisciplinary team to treat some of the symptoms associated with concussions. Physiotherapy may help with headaches, neck pain, dizziness and balance issues following a concussion.
Treatments for headaches and neck pain may focus on restoring movement to joints in your neck, reducing restrictions in soft tissue and increasing your neck strength and stability. Physiotherapy can also address concussion symptoms from your vestibular system.