Vestibular physiotherapy is a specific field within the physiotherapy profession for the assessment and treatment of dizziness and balance conditions related to the inner ear. A vestibular physiotherapist is trained in very specific assessment and treatment techniques to diagnose dizziness, vertigo and balance problems, as well as provide appropriate treatments to resolve symptoms.
What is the vestibular system?
The vestibular system is made up of the vestibular organ, its connections to the brain, and the parts of the brain that process its signals. The vestibular organ is a part of our inner ear and functions as a sensory system that provides the brain with information about movement, head position and spatial orientation. It is also responsible for keeping our vision stable while the head is moving, as well as maintaining balance.
The vestibular organ contains three semicircular canals, which provide the brain with information regarding angular acceleration (such as tilting or turning the head), as well as two otolithic organs, which provide the brain with information regarding linear acceleration (such as moving forwards/backwards, up/down).
A properly functioning vestibular system is vital to a person’s ability to maintain balance and maintain gaze stability (keeping your eyes fixed on an object).
What can go wrong with the vestibular system?
There are many conditions that can lead to dizziness, vertigo and balance impairment.
Some of the more common conditions include (click on the link to read more about each specific condition):
How do I know that my dizziness is being caused by the vestibular system?
Symptoms associated with a vestibular problem are most commonly associated with the symptom of vertigo, which is a false sensation of spinning or rotation when you are not actually moving. Other symptoms that may indicate a vestibular problem include dizziness and unsteadiness or poor balance. A vestibular physiotherapist is trained in the careful assessment and diagnosis of patients with dizziness, vertigo and balance problems.
Our vestibular physiotherapist Justin has undergone extensive training in the rehabilitation of vestibular disorders that cause dizziness and balance symptoms.
If you would like to ask Justin a question about vestibular rehabilitation or anything else, visit our contact us page to get in touch.
If you are ready to make an appointment, visit our make a booking page and let us help you with your recovery.
Do I need a referral to make an appointment?
No. Physiotherapists have been first-contact, primary healthcare professionals in Australia since 1976. That means that you can book a physiotherapist appointment without seeing your doctor first. Many of our patients are referred from GPs and specialists but many choose to see us themselves.
How much does an appointment cost?
For our latest pricing, please see our fees page.
Do you accept private health insurance?
Physiotherapy is covered by private health funds as part of “extras” cover and we have HICAPS facilities to charge your health fund on the day of the appointment. The amount that your private health fund pays will depend on your policy.
Is physiotherapy covered by Medicare?
Physiotherapy is generally not covered by Medicare but you can get part funding from Medicare through a Chronic Disease Management Plan if your GP refers you with one of these.