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Take part in this course to gain up-to-date, evidence-based, effective and safe strategies to assist your clients with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance.
The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and when not working properly can wreak havoc on the balance and equilibrium of our balance system. This is because the vestibular system works in conjunction with other sensory inputs such as vision and proprioception to provide important information about posture and orientation.
Although BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo there is far more to consider when assessing and treating a patient with dizziness. In this new programme of courses you will explore anatomy and pathology of the vestibular system and make sure you know your meniere’s from you labyrinthitis.
The Tutor – Bernard Tonks
Bernard Tonks is a Certified Vestibular Rehabilitation Physiotherapist with vast lecturing experience on this topic. Bernard is a Physiotherapist with 35 years of experience in musculoskeletal and neurological rehabilitation. He graduated from the University of Toronto but after a few stints working around the country ended up on the West Coast of Canada.
In 1997, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physical Therapists. He has completed numerous courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation and in 2001, successfully completed a competency-based certification course in Vestibular Rehabilitation. Since 2000, he has been instructing courses in vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management throughout Canada as well as internationally. He has presented at multiple conferences on the topic of Vestibular Rehabilitation.
The aim of this programme is to enable you to gain up-to-date, evidence-based, effective and safe strategies to assist your clients with dizziness, vertigo and imbalance.
The courses are accredited by the SASP and TPTA so get your credits now!
Vestibular Rehabilitation Programme Vestibular rehabilitation is an effective, evidence-based approach for assessing and treating individuals experiencing vertigo, dizziness, motion sensitivity, compromised gaze stability and postural instability. In this programme you will cover BPPV, post-concussion dizziness, vestibular rehab exercise programming as well as sensory integration dysfunctions.
Introduction to Vestibular Rehabilitation More and more patients are presenting to their health care practitioners with symptoms such as dizziness, vertigo, disequilibrium and imbalance. Vestibular rehabilitation is a rapidly growing, evidence-based area of practice that can safely and effectively manage these symptoms. It has demonstrated efficacy in both peripheral vestibular disorders and central nervous system disorders, including concussion. If you are curious about vestibular rehabilitation, but don’t know much about it, then this short introductory course is for you.
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo in patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. While the overall incidence of BPPV in the general population is only around 2.5 percent, 50 percent of older adults are affected by this condition. However, a significant number of patients can experience a rapid reduction in symptoms with appropriate treatment. This course will take you through how to identify the location of a patient’s BPPV and how to optimally manage this client group.
Vestibular Pathologies Acute vertigo can be caused by a range of conditions, from stroke to multiple sclerosis, vestibular migraine and concussion. There are also a number of conditions that specifically affect the peripheral vestibular system. Symptoms associated with these conditions, such as dizziness and imbalance, can be intermittent, transient or permanent, but they all can have a significant impact on an individual’s quality of life. Some of these vestibular dysfunctions can, however, be improved with vestibular rehabilitation. This course will discuss the various conditions that you might encounter when working with vestibular patients and explore the evidence base for physiotherapy management.
Vestibular Assessment Vertigo is defined as the illusion of movement of oneself or of the environment. It is caused by dysfunction of the vestibular system. However, there is a range of non-vestibular conditions that cause similar symptoms such as dizziness, lightheadedness or a sensation of floating or swimming. Patients may use the term vertigo interchangeably with these other types of dizziness, so it is essential to conduct a thorough subjective and objective evaluation in order to determine the nature and cause of a patient’s symptoms
Vestibular Treatment Vestibular disturbance is a significant issue globally, with 80 percent of people aged over 65 years experiencing dizziness. Individuals who have vestibular impairment generally have problems with gaze and motion stability, as well as balance and postural control deficits. Vestibular rehabilitation is an evidence-based management approach that aims to address these impairments. As will be discussed in this course, there is a range of exercises that can be included in a vestibular rehabilitation programme, but each programme should be tailored to the client’s condition and impairments.