Vestibular dysfunction occurs when the processing of information provided by your vestibular system is inadequate or inappropriate. Your ability to hold your gaze steady and keep yourself upright will be impaired. Your peripheral sensory apparatus (vestibular, visual and proprioceptive), a central processor (brain stem and cerebellum) and a mechanism for motor output integrate information to produce eye movements and postural adjustment to enable balance.

Impairment of any part of the system can lead to symptoms of vertigo, dizziness and imbalance.

The vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) generates eye movements, which enable clear vision while the head is in motion and the vestibulospinal reflex (VSR) generates compensatory body movements to maintain head and postural stability.

Vanessa Simpson is a Vestibular Physiotherapist with the advance skills and knowledge to perform a detailed assessment to determine which part of your vestibular system is not functioning accordingly. There are only a handful of therapists with this skill in Sydney.

Call us!

This is usually the best way to find out if we are what you need and can help you to address your rehab and capacity building needs.

Book your first consultation

Once we have gathered the relevant information we can get you booked in with the right therapist. Sometimes this might involve deciding between several disciplines to determine the best way to get started. Don’t worry, our intake process will guide you all the way.

Have your first session.

This will be your opportunity to ask any questions you might have, tell your story and have your clinician assess your needs and your goals. We can see you at your home, our clinic in St Leonards, in your office, gym or local pool – or a combination! We even have a telerehab option to support you if you live remotely.

Decide on your future plan

Following this, a comprehensive plan will be developed with you. In some cases, you may also need a report produced to support your future plans.

NB: If we can’t help you at this point for any reason, we will probably be able to direct you to the service that can.

If you are feeling dizzy, unsteady or like the world is spinning, it is very likely that you have a problem with component parts of your vestibular system. A vestibular assessment identifies if you have vestibular dysfunction and rehabilitation addresses the dysfunction.

See our blog posts on Vestibular Dysfunction