What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?
The Vestibular System is our body's balance system. If damaged by disease or injury, the brain can no longer rely on it for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, and other symptoms.
Vestibular Rehabilitation (VR) can retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with our other balance sensors (vision and proprioception), minimizing dizziness and improving balance.
VR also includes treatment for vertigo caused by BPPV.
How can we help
If you are experiencing dizziness, vertigo or balance problems, we may be able to help. We are here to assess, diagnose and treat vestibular disorders such as:
- BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)
- Meniere's Disease
- Vestibular Neuritis or Labyrinthitis (inner ear infections)
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Ototoxicity causing bilateral vestibular loss (BVL)
- Mal de Debarquement
- PPPD (Persistent Postural-Perceptual Dizziness)
- Cervicogenic Dizziness
A full vestibular assessment usually takes between one and one and a half hours.
Part of the assessment process may include a referral to a General Practitioner, an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist or Neurologist, if necessary.
Follow up visits take between half an hour and one hour.
Justine is a Physiotherapist and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapist. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in 2003 with a Bachelor of Health Science (Physiotherapy).
Justine began her career at Middlemore Hospital in Auckland and has been working in Tauranga since 2007. She has extensive experience working with people who have experienced brain injuries, and has a keen interest in vestibular rehabilitation. She has completed a number of post-graduate courses in the field of Vestibular Rehabilitation and Cervicogenic Dizziness.
Justine is a member of the New Zealand Society for Balance Dizziness and Vertigo.