Balance Testing at Brainstorm 

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including; 

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) 
  • Unilateral or bilateral vestibular hypo function 
  • Symptoms associated with Meniere’s disease
  • Vestibular neuritis 
  • Vertigo symptoms. 
Prior to establishing an appropriate program of therapy, an accurate and detailed assessment is required. 

A dizziness questionnaire helps identify the frequency and severity of dizziness symptoms. A similar questionnaire can be found http://brainstormrehab.com.au/?p=878?p=878. In addition, as part of understanding what specific movements are problematic, the person may asked to move through different positions to provoke the dizziness symptoms. This may include head movements, eye movements, trunk movements or combinations of all three in various planes of motion. 

Following the static evaluation of balance, an observation and recording of various walking or gait tests is performed. This may include tandem walking, dual task walking, walking sideways, walking around obstacles or walking with impaired vision. A collection of this information will help formulate a picture for the therapist of how the client functions with poor balance. 

The balance system integrates other sensory input. As such it is important to evaluate the visual system, hearing system, touch and kinaesthetic system. Evaluation may incorporate various bedside neurological tests and will include a computerised postural test. 

Dizziness and disequilibrium has a significant impact on the health of the client and their caregiver. If you are aware of anyone who experiences these symptoms, contact Brainstorm for professional advice from our highly trained therapist. 


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