As one of only a handful of people in Calgary who specializes in vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation, our Clinic Director Jones Onigbinde can help get you back to balance again. Whether it be vertigo, dizziness, or visual disturbance, our specialized therapy can help alleviate the symptoms associated with vestibular disorders.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

This condition occurs when calcium crystals called otoconia, which are normally attached to the otolithic membrane in the utricle of the inner ear, become displaced or dislodged. This causes false signals to be sent to the brain which can result in dizziness, nausea, and other symptoms. Using the Canalith Repositioning Procedure (CPR), our therapists help direct the detached calcium carbonate crystals from the canal they’re currently in back to the utricle, where they can re-attach, dissolve, or move to another area which won’t cause any symptoms. The procedure, which involves a series of head and torso movements, generally lasts about 15 minutes.

Symptoms include:

  • Dizziness/lightheadedness
  • Spinning sensation (Vertigo)
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Nystagmus (abnormal rhythmic eye movements)

Vestibular Labyrinthitis

Vestibular neuritis is caused by a viral infection in the vestibular nerve, which is the nerve responsible for helping transmit information from the inner ear to the brain. In our day-to-day lives it’s the nerve that helps with our equilibrium, so when it’s damaged our balance is compromised. Labyrinthitis occurs when a patient suffers from a hearing issue such as tinnitus (ringing in the ears) in conjunction with neuritis. Only a doctor can diagnose vestibular neuritis, which is most commonly cured using medication. However, your doctor will most likely recommend vestibular rehab as part of your treatment in order to form a well-rounded approach to curing the infection. At Stargate we specialize in vestibular rehab and can help you regain your equilibrium.

 Symptoms of Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis: include:

  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Tinnitus
  • Hearing loss


Let Stargate Lessen Your Symptoms After Suffering a Concussion

Working with one of our therapists after suffering a concussion can help identify what treatment options will result in a full and quick recovery. By utilizing a physical therapist from Stargate in your post-concussion rehabilitation, you can restore physical and cognitive abilities such as balance and concentration much faster than if you were to do nothing. The specialised exercises our therapists have developed for patients suffering from post-concussive symptoms are built around improving your physical and mental health, while specifically avoiding causing any symptoms to worsen or new issues to arise. Our therapists will also educate you on ways to lessen symptoms such as dizziness and headaches when you’re at home, which will make them more manageable and further help the healing process.

This includes but is not limited to vestibular rehab, cardiovascular training, cervical spine dysfunction treatment, visual training and education.

 Post-Concussion Treatments:

  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Cervical spine dysfunction treatment
  • Visual training
  • Education

 Post-Concussion Syndrome Symptoms:

  • Cervicogenic (secondary) headaches and pain
  • Autonomic (involuntary/unconscious) symptoms such as an increased heart rate at rest, or physical and cognitive stress decreased cerebral blood
  • Compromised cerebral autoregulation (blood flow)
  • Vestibular symptoms such as balance issues and dizziness

Individualized assessment and treatment protocols will be initiated.