Our Toronto natural dizziness treatments programs have good evidence that they provide long-term and effective relief for some causes of dizziness and nausea. If used for the appropriate conditions, these techniques often work better than many of the commonly prescribed medications (e.g. Serc, Gravol, etc.) that are generally short acting and have side effects.
Paul is certified in Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT), a form of physiotherapy for natural dizziness treatment. At the heart of VRT’s natural dizziness treatment is the brain’s wonderful ability to rewire around problems. This process is called neuroplasticity. Often dizziness is caused by a sensory mismatch in the brain. For example, due to injury or infection in one ear’s vestibular system, it may be telling the brain something inaccurate and different from what the other ear’s normal vestibular system is saying. This leads to the sensation of dizziness and nausea. Using tailored VRT exercises, Paul encourages the brain to unconsciously and naturally learn where it is encountering problems and to make the needed changes to overcome the dizziness and nausea.
Our Toronto natural dizziness treatment programs include:
For Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) Paul uses special tests (e.g. Dix Hallpike test) to identify the problem, and hands-on maneuvers (e.g. Epley’s, Semont, Roll, etc.) to very effectively treatthis condition. For BPPV it often takes only 1-2 sessions for Paul to make you feel substantially better.
Gaze stability exercises
Your ability to keep your eyes focussed on to an object, even when you or the object is moving, is called gaze stability. The inner ear conditions of Labyrinthitis, Vestibular Neuritis and Acoustic Neuroma cause gaze instability and lead to dizziness and nausea. Paul uses a variety of specially designed vision exercise with head motions to teach to brain to hold its eyes more stable; overtime ending the dizziness.
Motion Desensitization Exercises
Many vestibular conditions cause sensitivity to all kinds of movement. Paul uses special VRT tests to identify which movements bring on your dizziness. Knowing this, Paul can prescribe VRT desensitization exercises (AKA Habituation exercises) to eliminate your sensitivity.
Problems with your inner ear’s vestibular system will inevitably lead to problems with your balance. Paul uses both static (i.e. standing still) and dynamic (i.e. with movement) balance exercises to restore your balance capacity.
Acupuncture of Nausea
For some individuals nausea is the unpleasant side effect of dizziness. Paul has training and certification in Anatomical Acupuncture, a western-based form of acupuncture. A number of the points of this system can be quite helpful for reducing or extinguishing the nausea. However the nausea will usually return until the dizziness itself is solved with the VRT exercises.