Why Concussion / Vestibular Rehabilitation

Many individuals experience common vestibular abnormalities such as dizziness, vertigo, feeling off balance or feeling disoriented. Sometimes these symptoms can occur post-concussion, or they may occur from conditions such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), vestibular neuritis, or meniere’s disease.

In addition, concussions can change the way our brain functions – causing it to work less optimally. It may be caused either by a direct blow to the head, face, neck, or elsewhere on the body with an “impulsive” force transmitted to the head. It can result in side effects including headaches, irritability, inability to focus, memory impairment, anxiety, and depression. This means concussion and vestibular rehabilitation require a multi-pronged approach to address all of these potential effects.

What does a concussion or vestibular assessment look like?

  • Balance and coordination testing
  • Neurological testing
  • Evaluation of visual motor skills
  • Vestibular testing
  • Gait assessment
  • Orthopaedic assessment of secondary injuries
  • Exercise tolerance testing

Many of our therapists are certified and highly skilled in concussion and vestibular rehabilitation. Contact us to learn more about which therapist will be right for you!

  • Did You Know?

    Vestibular therapy is one of the most effective treatments for balance disorders following a concussion.

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  • How can I speed up my recovery?

    Vestibular rehabilitation requires consistent adherence to an exercise program performed at home. These exercises may not look like your normal ‘physio’ exercises, and may include components such as gaze stabilization and habituation during day-to-day activities.

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  • Help & Support

    Self Care

    Self-care is a fundamental part of treatment. Rehabilitation is important to find the balance between what’s too much and what’s not enough as you re-integrate back into your normal routine.

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