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Basics of Vestibular Rehabilitation

Basics of Vestibular Rehabilitation

Basics of Vestibular Rehabilitation

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This course was recorded in October 2020


Session Description: 

The Vestibular Physiotherapy Presentation starts with an overview of what the vestibular system is, its function and purpose and explains why it is so important. It then moves on to describe the most common dysfunctions/disorders such as peripheral vestibular hypofunction, labyrinthitis, neuritis, Meniere’s Syndrome, BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), central vestibular disorders such as traumatic brain injury, to name only a few. These disorders impact people in a myriad of ways and this presentation will assist those attending to understand that while each person is unique in their experience, they also have some commonalities. A general overview of how vestibular physiotherapy is used to treat the disorders will be given as well.


Speaker Bio:


Karen Reimer, BMRP.T, MSc(Rehab)

Karen graduated from the University of Manitoba, School of Medical Rehabilitation in Physical Therapy in 1995. Early in her career she developed a special interest in vestibular disorders. This led her to the USA for training from leading vestibular researchers such as Dr. S. Herdman, Dr. S. Whitney, Dr. R. Clendaniel, Dr. F. Horak and others. The desire to pursue research in vestibular disorders lead Karen to the Master of Science (Rehabilitation) program at the University of Manitoba in 2010. In 2013, Karen graduated with her MSc (Rehabilitation) degree. Her research was an innovative physiotherapy treatment protocol for those suffering peripheral vestibular disorders. While maintaining her busy private practice and consulting as the (vestibular) physiotherapist at the Pan Am Concussion Program, Karen teaches in the Master of Physical Therapy program at U of M.

Karen also teaches competency based courses for physiotherapists who desire to increase their knowledge and skills in treating those with vestibular disorders. She developed the “Fundamentals of Vestibular Rehabilitation: A Competency-Based Course” in 2016 and teaches throughout Canada as well as offering it annually in Winnipeg, MB. In 2018, Karen developed an advanced skills course to follow the “fundamentals course” titled, “Vestibular Rehabilitation: Beyond the Fundamentals” for those physiotherapists who had completed a competency based vestibular training course and had been practicing for a minimum of 1 year. Karen has a passion for vestibular physiotherapy so in addition to seeing patients, teaching and offering presentations regarding vestibular disorders, she mentors other vestibular trained physiotherapists.


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Sujet : Les bases de la réadaptation vestibulaire Conférenciere : Karen Reimer, BMRP.T, MSc (réadaptation)

Description de la séance : La présentation sur la physiothérapie vestibulaire commence avec un aperçu de ce qu’est le système vestibulaire, sa fonction et son objectif et pourquoi il est si important. Ensuite, on décrira les dysfonctionnements/troubles les plus courants comme l’hypofonction vestibulaire périphérique, la labyrinthite, la névrite, la maladie de Ménière, les vertiges positionnels paroxystiques bénins (VPPB) et les troubles vestibulaires centraux comme les traumatismes crâniens pour ne nommer que ceux-là. Ces troubles affectent les gens de multiples façons et cette présentation aidera les participants à mieux comprendre que, même si l’expérience de chaque personne est unique, elles ont aussi des points communs. On donnera aussi un aperçu général de la façon dont la physiothérapie vestibulaire est utilisée pour traiter les troubles.

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Course Material included in this course
  • Basics of Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Welcome
  • Introduction
  • Anatomy
  • Purpose of the Vestibular System
  • Definitions
  • Vestibular Conditions
  • Treatment
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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