Vertigo, Dizziness & Balance Disorders

- A Functional Neurological Approach -

A large number of patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness or balance disorders have great difficulty accessing the best possible treatment for their condition. Most medical doctors will only prescribe anti-sickness medication, and most chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths do not have the knowledge to look beyond the cervical spine. Very few patients are given appropriate vestibular rehabilitation; and when it is prescribed, it is usually non-specific and frequently over-stimulates the patient. Consequently, improvement (if any) is slow, the treatment is unpleasant and compliance is poor.

This seminar will help you better understand the proprioceptive, vestibular and ocular mismatches that can produce vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders, and will provide you with the knowledge and tools to effectively treat these conditions to the best possible extent.

Please note, all of our seminars are designed to be stand-alone. They do not require prior knowledge of functional neurology and you can take our seminars in any order you wish.

Numerous practical sessions throughout the day will help develop your newly learnt clinical skills.
Delegate numbers are limited to ensure that each individual receives sufficient attention during the practicals.

Course Content: 

  • Review of the cerebellum, vestibular system as well as vestibulospinal, vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-autonomic projections.

  • How to assess for proprioceptive, vestibular and ocular abnormalities without spending thousands on high-tech equipment.

  • How to assess and treat various different causes of head tilt and other abnormal head or body posturing.

  • Why spinal dysfunction or pain that develops as a consequence of vestibular-induced postural or muscle imbalances is unlikely to respond to adjusting alone and usually requires vestibular rehabilitation to achieve more complete recovery.

  • Why adjusting to reduce spinal stiffness in the presence of vestibular dysfunction frequently produces greater post-treatment pain and sensations of disequilibrium, vertigo or dizziness.

  • A detailed approach to specific individualized vestibular and proprioceptive rehabilitation that does not over-stimulate the patient, cause unpleasant side effects or take up hours of their day.

  • Assessment & treatment considerations for specific conditions:

    • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

    • Cervicogenic vertigo

    • Vestibular migraine

    • Motion/travel sickness

    • POTS (positional orthostatic tachycardia syndrome)

    • Visual vertigo (e.g. supermarket aisles, watching fast-moving objects or movement on screens)

  • Why vestibular stimulation is incredibly valuable for patients with a wound-up sympathetic nervous system.

  • The association between vertigo/balance disorders and anxiety.

  • Various case studies to help put the material into clinical context.

Pre-reading suggestions: