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Vestibular Therapy Seminar: 3-Hour Introductory Level


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.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To have a broader understanding of Vestibular Function and anatomy

  2. To understand the different sensory systems involved in balance and what symptoms mean

  3. To learn the different causes of dizziness and unsteadiness, and the treatment options.

  4. To learn how Vestibular Therapists assess and treat clients with dizziness and/or imbalance

  5. 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

  6. To be able to safely assess the most common type of BPPV and to perform the Epley Maneuver

    for the best outcomes


  1. What is Normal Balance

  2. Causes of Dizziness

  3. Anatomy and Physiology

  4. Vestibular Assessment (including demonstration of goggles for nystagmus assessment)

  5. Vestibular Treatment approaches

  6. Assessing and treating balance

  7. Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

  8. Review of and practicing of maneuvers for BPPV

  9. Who’s in your contact book when you need help