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St. Vital Physiotherapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation (VR), or vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is a specialized form of therapy intended to alleviate both the primary and secondary problems caused by vestibular disorders. It is an exercise-based program primarily designed to reduce vertigo and dizziness, gaze instability, and/or imbalance and falls. For most people with a vestibular disorder the deficit is permanent because the amount of restoration of vestibular function is very small. However, after vestibular system damage, people can feel better and function can return through compensation. This occurs because the brain learns to use other senses (vision and somatosensory, i.e. body sense) to substitute for the deficient vestibular system. The health of particular parts of the nervous system (brainstem and cerebellum, visual, and somatosensory sensations) is important in determining the extent of recovery that can be gained through compensation. (Vestibular Disorders Association)

The goal of VRT is to use a problem-oriented approach to promote compensation. This is achieved by customizing exercises to address each person’s specific problem(s). Therefore, before an exercise program can be designed, a comprehensive clinical examination is needed to identify problems related to the vestibular disorder.

Depending on the vestibular-related problem(s) identified, three principal methods of exercise can be prescribed:

  • Habituation
  • Gaze Stabilization, and/or
  • Balance Training

Our Team

All of our Physiotherapists have received a University education and are professionally registered with the College of Physiotherapists of Manitoba.

They are committed to providing professional evidence-based hands-on treatment, and education and exercises to help reduce your pain and restore your function and mobility. They pursue ongoing post-graduate courses to employ the most current techniques in their practice.

Kim Champagne, MPT, BA ›

Lisa Diduch, MPT, BSc, CAFCI ›

Angela Hazlewood, BMRPT, CAFCI ›

Trista Neustaeter, BMRPT, BSc, CAFCI ›

Evelyn Lightly, MClSc, BMRPT, FCAMPT ›

Contact Us

Call Us for an Appointment

St. Vital Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Centre, Inc
L01 - 1555 St. Mary's Road
Winnipeg, MB R2M 5L9

(204) 255-0597

Hours of Operation

Our clinic currently operates Monday - Saturday.

To accommodate the busy lifestyles of our clients, we offer a range of extended appointment hours including early mornings and evenings.