Our much loved Senior Clinicians Peter Vitale and Hayley Owens work together to lead the world class services within the Melbourne Vestibular Clinic.
Hayley is currently actively involved our clinic's research projects to better understand the most effective approach in managing BPPV, Vestibular Neuritis and Vestibular Hypofunction. The results are to be released to the medical community in July 2020.
Feel like you've tried everything or just have no one to help? Many of our clients have come to us having lived with a vestibular disorder for a number years without improvement, are unable to find help, or have been treated for an alternative condition therefore their treatment to date has been ineffective. Whatever the case may be we can help.
Our Vestibular rehabilitation team will provide you with a diagnosis and support you through your rehabilitation plan. If you require further opinion, our trusted network of ENT's and Neurologists are on call and ready to help. Together we will help you achieve more than what you thought possible.
Vestibular Physiotherapist Peter Vitale developed the Melbourne Vestibular Clinicwithin the Essendon Physio Group practice, having recognised the need for comprehensive and specialised assessment and treatment for those experiencing Vestibular disorders. It was important to him that individuals needing specialist assistance regarding diagnosis and treatment had access to this service locally and without waitlists.
Our Vestibular rehabilitation team consists of Physiotherapists and Accredited Exercise Physiologists that work closely with GPs, ENT's and audiologists to help individuals experiencing symptoms of Vestibular disorders. Our collaborative approach allows for efficient diagnosis, treatment planning and rehabilitation commencement to help you find your steady feet as soon as possible. You can be assured that you will have a better understanding of your condition and symptoms following initial assessment, and our team will continue to collaborate and case conference to uphold the latest management techniques and strategies.
Vestibular Physiotherapy is a highly specialised area and we are proud to bring it to our local community.
What are Vestibular disorders and why am I dizzy?
Vestibular disorders are conditions which affect the vestibular system; part of the inner ear and brain. These areas are responsible for processing balance and eye movement, so having a vestibular disorder can make these seemingly simple tasks very tricky!
Common symptoms of vestibular conditions can include:
Vertigo (room spinning)
Disequilibrium (feeling unsteady while walking)
There are a number of conditions which you may be suffering from, and our assessments will help diagnose your condition and allow for specified rehabilitation. Our team has experience working with:
Benign Paraoxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence
Other balance related disorders such as Cervicogenic dizziness, Presbystasis (age related balance loss), and imbalance following ear surgery of head injury
Jump across to our latest blogs if you want to find out a little more about these conditions!
How do we help?
When coming in for a vestibular assessment, you can expect to have our physiotherapists use a number of assessment measures to assist in finding your diagnosis. They will then take the time to explain your condition, and map out your rehabilitation plan which may include:
Further vestibular physiotherapy
BPPV treatment and BPPV exercises
Referral to our Exercise Physiologists for vestibular rehabilitation programs individualised for:
General balance training
Referral to other health professionals (ENT specialist, neurologist, audiologist)
Our team will thoroughly explain your condition, and provide you with continued support and understanding throughout your rehabilitation. All programs are individualised base on your symptoms and goals.
We are specialists in vestibular disorders, and can provide reassurance and assistance alongside rehabilitation exercises to help you get back to your daily routine.