Vestibular Therapy

Vestibular Therapy

Clinical Physiotherapy - In Person and Virtual Sessions

WHAT IS VESTIBULAR THERAPY?

After an injury to the vestibular system occurs, the central nervous system begins to compensate for reduced function in the inner ear. This can lead to balance problems and vertigo. Vestibular therapy is an exercise-based treatment program that can improve balance and reduce problems related to dizziness or vertigo. This effective treatment has been shown to significantly decrease or eliminate problems related to balance and help patients resume regular activities.

A specific vestibular rehab program is to be completed by the patient at home. Peripheral vestibular dysfunction has been shown to respond well to progressive balance retraining, specific stretching, and strengthening techniques.

IS VESTIBULAR THERAPY RIGHT FOR YOU?

Vestibular therapy is best suited for patients diagnosed with dizziness, balance issues, vertigo, migraines, BPPV, or Meniere’s syndrome. Other candidates can include patients who have suffered strokes or brain injuries, or people who frequently fall.


Benefits of vestibular therapy include:

• Decreased dizziness symptoms

• Improved focus and concentration

• Improved neck mobility

• Decreased nausea

• Improved balance while standing or sitting

• Decrease risk of falling

• Increased confidence in day-to-day activities

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HOW IT WORKS

Vestibular therapy uses a combination of exercise routines to improve patient balance and reduce the effects of dizziness or vertigo. Exercises are mandated at regular intervals, often 2-3 times per day. At first, it may seem that the exercises make your symptoms worse, but with practice and consistency, these symptoms should decrease and improve. All vestibular treatment plans are customized to meet the needs of the patient and are often paired with at-home programs to improve results.

WHAT TO EXPECT

An initial assessment will be completed and therapy goals will be jointly set with your therapist. Typically (depending on the reason for visit) you will be seen weekly for 3-4 sessions, then check-ins every 4-6 weeks thereon, until goals are met. Every client is different and your program will be designed with your recovery in mind. Exercises may include vision stability training, posture training, walking exercises, stretching, and balance retraining. In the case of BBPV, manual therapy will be needed to guide the patient’s head into various positions to move calcium crystals.

HOW TO PREPARE

Prior to the session, please read and sign the consent form emailed out to you. Whenever starting a new physiotherapy program, bring a list of any medications to your first appointment, along with any relevant X-rays and MRIs. If you’re experiencing pain symptoms beforehand, make a note of them and be sure to tell your therapist ahead of time.

Masks are manditory for in-person treatment, in compliance with BC's mask mandate. Please read our Covid-19 procedures for more information.

POST-SESSION

It’s important to stay consistent with your vestibular practice even while at home. Exercises and advice will be emailed to you directly from your therapist. If you have any additional questions, you can contact them directly via email.

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FEES

Initial Assessment - $175
Follow Up Session - $95
Telehealth Initial Vestibular Physiotherapy Assessment - $150
Telehealth Follow Up Session - $95

To book, please select Clinical Physiotherapy from our online booking platform. To maximize your session’s value, and take advantage of our diverse treatment options, fees are inclusive of all treatments used during your session. Your physiotherapist will work with you to help assess which treatments will be most beneficial during your visit.

VanCity Physio offers direct billing.

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Practitioners

Tim Fung

Physiotherapist | Manual Therapist

Tim completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Physiotherapy Degree from the University of Sydney.

Tim has extensive experience working with a wide range of individuals including youth, working professionals, recreational/semi-professional athletes and weekend warriors.

Tim has additional training and specialization in the following skills: sports injury management, running injuries/running and treadmill assessments, office/workplace injury management, repetitive overuse injuries, injury prevention technique, functional reconditioning, and personalized, tailored exercise prescription.

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Ranko Vukovic

Physiotherapist | GUNN IMS Practitioner

Ranko is a Registered Physiotherapist (RPT) licensed with the College of Physiotherapists of British Columbia and a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. 

He graduated from UBC in 2015 with a Masters of Physical Therapy. A passion for sport saw Ranko work as a BCRPA Certified Personal Trainer and Kinesiologist, creating tailored training programs for a diverse group of clients, educating and motivating them to reach their personal fitness goals. 

Ranko has post-graduate training in treating jaw pain, otherwise known as TMJ and Orofacial pain.  He’s also a Certified CGIMS Practitioner, and has completed his training at UBC. In addition, Ranko finished his Functional Dry Needling (FDN) certification in University of Navada Las Vegas. Ranko's training also includes ShockWave Therapy, Mobilization with Movement and Kinetic Link Training. He was featured in the Top 100 Canadians Magazine for 2020.

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