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Disorders of the vestibular system (balance mechanism) in the inner ear produce vertigo, dizziness,  nausea, visual disturbance, motion sensitivity and imbalance.


Dizziness is a common reason for people to seek health care.  Dizziness, vertigo and imbalance can make it challenging to move around: you may experience difficulty walking, driving, shopping, playing sport and generally enjoying life.  Changes in mobility can result in a loss of confidence, anxiety and stress.   

These problems can be treated successfully using an exercise-based physiotherapy treatment program called Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy.

The staff at PDABC all have specific vestibular rehabilitation skills. They will conduct an in depth assessment of your problem, and devise an individual exercise program to reduce dizziness and vertigo, improve balance, increase general fitness levels, and allow you to return to your normal life.

Common symptoms seen with disorders of the vestibular system:


  • Dizziness: Lightheaded, floating or a rocking sensation.

  • Vertigo: A type of dizziness that involves a spinning or whirling sensation. Patients may feel that either they, or the world around them, is moving when they are not. Results from dysfunction of the vestibular system.

  • Imbalance: Stumbling, difficulty walking straight, tendency to watch the ground when walking, tendency to use furniture to aid balance when walking around the house, instability in crowds, falls. Visual difficulties: Trouble focussing on, or tracking, objects with the eyes. Objects appear to jump. Discomfort with busy visual environments eg. crowds, patterns.

  • Motion sensitivity: dizziness, nausea and imbalance that occurs following movement. Motion sensitivity creates the same symptoms as travel sickness.

  • Hearing changes: Hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), sensitivity to noises. Dizziness or vertigo resulting from loud noises.

  • Cognitive difficulties: Trouble concentrating, easily distracted. Mental and/or physical fatigue.

  • Psychological effects: Loss of self-confidence. Anxiety, depression.

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • “Fuzzy” or hungover feeling

  • Sensation of fullness in the ears


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