Vestibular rehabilitation

Physiotherapy to reduce symptoms of inner ear conditions

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

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

  • What happens during the physiotherapy sessions? icon plus

    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.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    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 sessions icon plus

    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.

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. 

Our locations

Contact us about our physiotherapy services

Our helpline advisors can assist with enquiries and booking an appointment with a physiotherapist.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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