Appointments: (905) 304-0044
We use leading edge technology to more accurately identify the CAUSE of your your dizziness, vertigo and/or imbalance!
Using infrared googles, our therapists can identify even more subtle signs that point towards the origin of your symptoms.
Our highly-trained vestibular physiotherapists have an extensive knowledge of how to treat BPPV, vestibular neuritis, cervicogenic dizziness and much, much more!
What should I expect during an assessment?
A vestibular therapy assessment will begin with a thorough discussion of your medical history. Your report of your symptoms can be key to determining the cause of your symptoms! We will then perform tests looking at your eye movements in room light, using the infrared googles afterwards if required. These goggles will block your vision while the infrared camera provides the therapist with an image of the eyes. Additional tests will include head movements and balance assessments. These tests aim to determine if the symptoms are originating from the inner ear as opposed to a brain-related cause. You may experience temporary dizziness and/or vertigo during the assessment.
How much does a vestibular assessment cost? How long is the session?
The vestibular assessment is very thorough, and will take an hour to complete. The cost of the first assessment is $120.00, and 30 minute follow-up/ treatment sessions are $70.00.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on the findings of the assessment. Vertigo due to inner ear crystals (known as BPPV) can usually be treated in just 1-2 sessions (including your assessment!). Other issues may require 1 session a week for 4-8 weeks. Most conditions resolve quicker when you are more consistent with your home exercise program
How will I feel after my assessment?
During the assessment we will be challenging the vestibular system and likely be replicating one's symptoms. This usually resolves by the end of the assessment, but sometimes these increased symptoms can linger afterwards. Even after a successful repositioning maneuver for BPPV, we sometimes hear that clients experience a feeling of general dizziness and/or nausea for 12-24 hours. It is important to realize that experiencing dizziness does not mean the condition has worsened and is actually essential to successful recovery!
Anything else I should know?
We highly recommend vestibular clients have someone drop them off and pick them up after their appointment, as some people feel unwell after the first session/assessment.
Leah is a full-time physiotherapist at Total Health Physio. She graduated from Queen's University with a kinesiology degree, and completed her Master's of Physiotherapy from McMaster University in 2014.
Leah has completed the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency Based Course. This six-day, intense evidence-based course is held in Atlanta, Georgia and co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. Leah has been successfully treating BPPV, vertigo and general dizziness for the past 4 years. Leah has completed numerous courses in concussion and neck rehabilitation to round out her knowledge of treating "all things dizzy". She is certified to provide acupuncture, including dry needling/intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), as a treatment modality for acute and chronic pain.
Brianne is a graduate from McMaster University where she received her Master’s in Physiotherapy. Prior to this, she graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree.
Brianne has successfully completed the Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency Based Course. This six-day, intense evidence-based course is held in Atlanta, Georgia and co-sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association. Brianne had been treating vestibular patients since 2012, but has had the opportunity to advance her skills in the treatment of patients with vertigo, BPPV, dizziness and imbalance issues with this advanced training competency course. Brianne is also a certified concussion management practitioner in association with Complete Concussion Management, an evidenced based multi-modal treatment based program.