Vestibular Physiotherapy - Rehabilitation Treatment For Vestibular Dysfunction

Discover how our neurological rehabilitation services can assist you in improving your physical health and function.

Vestibular therapy is a specialised treatment that focuses on addressing symptoms related to the vestibular system, which plays a crucial role in maintaining balance and spatial orientation. This form of physiotherapy aims to improve physical function by targeting disorders within the inner ear and central nervous system.

For those who have been experiencing dizziness, unsteadiness, or problems with their balance, our exercise-based treatments can make a significant difference.

At Healing Touch Rehab, we offer a specific program designed to treat inner ear conditions. From positional vertigo to other neurological problems, our physiotherapy services help patients improve their balance and prevent future episodes.

What is Vestibular Rehabilitation?

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based therapy programme aimed at improving symptoms of dizziness and imbalance. This therapy focuses on exercises that target the vestibular system to enhance central nervous system compensation, ultimately leading to improved physical function and postural control. 

It’s an alternative treatment involving specific exercises that can eliminate or significantly reduce symptoms by promoting central nervous system compensation for inner-ear deficits. The training allows the brain to regain balance, control and minimise dizziness. Essentially, the brain copes with the disorientating signals coming from the inner ears by learning to rely more on alternative signals coming from the eyes, ankles, legs and neck to maintain balance.

People with vestibular, inner ear disorders often experience problems with balance and position or movement-related dizziness. These primary symptoms are often accompanied by secondary symptoms associated with reduced activity levels. Secondary symptoms include decreased muscle strength, loss of range of motion, and increased tension in the cervical and shoulder muscles causing muscle fatigue, migraine, headaches and tension. These symptoms can affect a person’s ability to change positions, transition from sitting to standing, lying etc.


Experiencing unsteadiness or dizziness can have a significant impact on your daily life, making it challenging to carry out everyday tasks and affecting your overall well-being. This is where vestibular physiotherapy comes in. Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialised form of therapy designed to desensitise the balance system and alleviate both primary and secondary symptoms of vestibular disorders by central nervous system compensation.

Where central nervous system compensation is achieved, an individual’s ability to maintain posture, coordinate balance and stay upright may become dependent on input from other sensory systems like vision, sensation and muscles and joints proprioception. Clinical evidence suggests that vestibular rehabilitation therapy exercises are proven and effective in reducing symptoms of many types of vestibular disorders, including symptoms that follow corrective surgical procedures for vestibular disorders, treatment of BPPV, imbalance and vertigo.

Vestibular rehabilitation is a specialist area of rehabilitation that requires specialist knowledge, training and expertise in this area. Healing Touch Rehab has a specialist service offering vestibular assessment and rehabilitation. We are instructed to complete an assessment, set out specific goals that are realistic and achievable and formulate a rehabilitation plan that would help clients achieve their goals.

Specialist physical assessment which includes

  • Vestibulo-ocular assessments
  • Cranial nerves assessments
  • Balance assessments
  • Assessment for sensory interaction in balance
  • Assessment for coordination
  • Gait Assessment
  • Special vestibular tests
  • Objective assessment to include motion sensitivity tests, berg balance tests etc.

Conditions we treat

  • BPPV
  • Imbalance
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Labyrinthitis
  • Meniers disease
  • Migraine

Our goal is to assist our clients in regaining, restoring and achieving their goals through specialised physiotherapy. Our vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) services are specifically designed to target neurological issues that result in imbalance, dizziness, migraine and Meniers disease, among other conditions. By offering evidence-based treatments and exercise-based therapies, we can significantly reduce deficits in the vestibular system. To instruct us, get in touch with Kay Ganguly, Clinical Director, Consultant Physiotherapist & Expert Witness.

After a thorough assessment, our team identifies specific action plans and therapy goals tailored to your individual needs. This personalised approach is crucial in addressing the vestibular system and targeting any neurological deficits that may be causing dizziness or unsteadiness. Our treatment approach is focused on setting specific goals that involve stabilisation, vestibular habituation and retraining balance through physiotherapy exercises.

Book a treatment home, school or community visit

To make clients feel as comfortable as possible, we offer home visits or arrange treatment at one of our community clinics at William Merritt Centre, Leeds, or a similar centre or location of your choice in your local community across the North West and Yorkshire, or we could arrange to see you at a suitable space within your community.

We appreciate our clients may have mobility restrictions and will always consider how to make consultations and treatments as convenient, time optimised and pain-free as possible. Community-based rehabilitation and integration back into the community is the key to any successful rehabilitation. Besides the benefit of a familiar environment and the discipline of following treatment plans within their own setting , community-based treatment enables the client to stay motivated while involving their family and friends.