Vestibular disorders can cause disturbing symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, nausea, anxiety, fatigue and imbalance. The related impairments can lead to functional limitations and disability. Balance related falls can be devastating and even lead to death. Evidence has shown vestibular and balance disorders are frequently not diagnosed or treated properly and in a timely manner. Clinical research studies have supported the efficacy of vestibular and balance rehabilitation programs. As vestibular and balance rehabilitation disorders may result from stroke, head injury, infection, metabolic disorders, medical debilitation, these patients are seen in orthopedic, medical/ surgical and neurologic settings. The primary goals of vestibular and balance rehabilitation therapy are to decrease or eliminate dizziness or vertigo and to improve balance and thereby decrease the risk of falls, improving the quality of life for persons affected. For lasting neuroplastic changes to occur, specific exercise addressing disease and disorder specific impairments are required.
This two day course will provide the practitioner with skills in detailed examination and intervention strategies. The course begins with an in depth discussion of the anatomy and physiology of movement perception and equilibrium, Participants will understand the pathophysiology of dysfunction and differential diagnosis. The clinician will gain a thorough understanding of various categories of dysfunction and diseases including peripheral, central nervous system, and cerviocogenic dizziness. The most current treatment for BPPV will be covered, and the attendee will have the opportunity to gain skills in appropriately selecting and performing repositioning maneuvers. Clinicians will gain a thorough understanding of the foundational elements of a vestibular and balance rehabilitation program. Hands on laboratory sessions are integrated with lecture material to assist the learner in the practice and application of skills that can immediately be integrated into the clinical setting.