Vestibular rehabilitation


HCA UK uses physiotherapy for vestibular (inner ear) conditions which cause symptoms such as dizziness. Find out more.

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What is vestibular rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is used to treat a range of inner ear conditions that cause dizziness and balance problems in the inner ear, such as:

  • benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • labyrinthitis
  • vestibular neuritis.

It can help you to manage your symptoms more effectively through a range of special exercises.

Need to know

Vestibular rehabilitation is carried out by a specially trained physiotherapist.

During your first appointment your physiotherapist will start by asking you about your vestibular condition and compile a detailed assessment of your symptoms.

They will recommend a vestibular rehabilitation exercise programme based on the severity of your condition, including:

  • Vestibular compensation
  • Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises
  • Gaze stabilisation exercises
  • Brandt Daroff exercises
  • The Semont manoeuvre
  • Epley manoeuvre
  • Canalith repositioning procedures (CRPs)

As part of your exercise plan, they will also offer advice on exercises that you can do at home.

No special preparation is usually required before vestibular rehabilitation and you can continue to eat and drink beforehand. It may be helpful for you to bring someone with you to your first session so that they can learn the exercises with you and help you to do them at home.
After your vestibular rehabilitation has finished you will be able to go home the same day and you shouldn’t experience any side effects. In some instances you may find that symptoms of dizziness become worse a few days after you start the exercises; however this should improve in time and it’s important that you persevere with them.
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Physiotherapy teams

Across the HCA UK network we offer physiotherapy to our inpatients and on an outpatient basis.

Each physiotherapy team is made up of experienced physios who specialise in different areas of physiotherapy including musculoskeletal, respiratory, vestibular, neurological and maternity.

Whether you're an inpatient or outpatient a physiotherapist will work with you to design a therapy plan that suits your individual needs in frequency and intensity. 

Physiotherapy at HCA UK is covered by most major insurers and is also available on a self pay basis. 

Vestibular rehabilitation Consultants

Dr Prashanth Reddy

Dr Prashanth Reddy

General (Internal) Medicine

Dr Imran Mannan

Dr Imran Mannan

General (Internal) Medicine

Our locations

The Portland Hospital

The Portland Hospital

205-209 Great Portland Street W1W 5AH London
The Shard Outpatients

The Shard Outpatients

The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street SE1 9BS London
The Wellington Hospital

The Wellington Hospital

8A Wellington Place NW8 9LE London

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.