How we can help your vestibular disorder

vestibular-rehab-picWe know that symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo and balance problems may be related to vestibular abnormality, and are more common than many people realise.

Barney Mitchum is our Physiotherapist with a special interest in treating vestibular disorders. He will conduct a thorough assessment, provide hands-on treatment, teach you a customised home exercise program, and advise you how to manage and feel more in control of your symptoms.

Some vestibular problems are caused by misplaced crystals in the inner ear balance organs, and in part of your therapy, Barney will help you with some head movements to reposition the crystals – this is successful in 95% of cases. Most vestibular disorders can be rehabilitated within two to five appointments, after which you are able to continue your exercises at home.

Registered Physiotherapist’s charges can be claimed under the ancillary cover of most private health funds.

“Barney spent a long time assessing my head movements and balance. The exercises … have helped reduce the dizziness and let me walk with confidence again.”
 – Jim Simmons, Mildura

What is a vestibular disorder?

In each inner ear there are small canals filled with fluid which moves when your head moves. This movement stimulates nerve endings which send messages to your brain about your head position. The system works closely with your eye muscles, allowing you to focus on an object even when you are moving.

This finely tuned system helps keep us upright and balanced. If there is a problem, you may feel dizzy, nauseous, have blurred vision, flickering eyes or feel unstable when walking. You might also get neck pain as the muscles are working too hard to keep you balanced. These symptoms may last from a few seconds to many months.

Why am I dizzy?

Dizziness may be described as light-headedness, unsteadiness or vertigo. Some causes can include low blood pressure, anxiety, diabetes, heart conditions, brain disorders or inner ear problems, so it is important to have it diagnosed by your doctor, who may refer you to an Audiologist.