Vestibular Therapy Seminar: 3-Hour Introductory Level
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By understanding the causes, symptoms and treatment options for people suffering from dizziness, and having some basic assessment skills, health care professionals will be able to help their client in a more timely and effective manner.
Robynne Smith is a Physiotherapist and Vestibular Therapist, owner of Robynne Smith Physiotherapy and former owner of Off Broadway Physiotherapy & Dizziness Clinic in Saskatoon. Robynne has been a physiotherapist for 34 years and started providing Vestibular Rehabilitation 22 years ago. Robynne has trained extensively in Canada and the US through basic and advanced competency courses. She has taught advanced balance programs for individuals and groups using her own training as well as the FallProof training. (full CV available on request) This three-hour seminar will include a slide presentation, hands on demonstration, group discussion, handouts and an opportunity to practice the most basic assessment and treatment for the main cause of dizziness: BPPV.
To have a broader understanding of Vestibular Function and anatomy
To understand the different sensory systems involved in balance and what symptoms mean
To learn the different causes of dizziness and unsteadiness, and the treatment options.
To learn how Vestibular Therapists assess and treat clients with dizziness and/or imbalance
To know what questions to ask clients about their symptoms to discern what type of dizziness
they may be experiencing and the type of referral that may be most appropriate
To be able to safely assess the most common type of BPPV and to perform the Epley Maneuver
for the best outcomes
What is Normal Balance
Causes of Dizziness
Anatomy and Physiology
Vestibular Assessment (including demonstration of goggles for nystagmus assessment)
Vestibular Treatment approaches
Assessing and treating balance
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo
Review of and practicing of maneuvers for BPPV
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