BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society Resources
We can train our brains to use other incoming environmental information to compensate for the defective brain signal. The goal of these exercises is to help you do this effectively. At first they may cause dizziness, however they can be performed at your own pace. Gradually you will experience the benefit of the exercises when your balance system gets used to the new signal coming in. ~ Neurophysiologist Art Mallinson, PhD
- Consists of a series of vestibular rehabilitation exercises specially designed for people with balance and dizziness disorders. The exercises can be done at home. Instructor Pauline Martin is a physiotherapist who specializes in treating our disorders.
- Concludes with a series of interviews with several BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society members, including the husband of a dizzy wife, sharing how dizziness changed their lives.
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Let's Talk About . . . Information Sheets
A series of printer-friendly handouts reviewed by vestibular specialists and intended as general introductions to a range of topics related to balance and dizziness. Download and print these info sheets and pass them on!
An introduction to BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo), the most common inner ear balance problem. It is defined as sudden attacks of vertigo (spinning sensation) that last for less than a minute and are always triggered by certain head movements.
An overview of balance tests currently used to assess whether or not there are problems with the balance structures of the inner ear and/or and their connections with our eyes, central nervous system and the proprioceptive system.
Guide to the referral centres in BC that offer vestibular function testing, diagnostic and/or management services.
Guide to the various categories of health professionals in BC who diagnose, assess, treat and/or help people cope with vestibular disorders.
Extracts from The Balance Sheet, BC Balance and Dizziness Disorders Society’s quarterly newsletter for members:
Avoiding Balance Pitfalls with Grace: An Introduction to the Feldenkrais® Method
Summary of a talk given by Feldenkrais® practitioner Vita Kolodny.
Balance and Dizziness: The Visual Connection
It’s not just about your vision – it’s about how your eyes work together!
The Basics of Hearing and Hearing Loss
Summary of a talk given by audiologist Henry Lam.
Personal reflection on preventing serious falls.
Dizziness – What Is It? Why Does It Happen? What Can Be Done About It?
Summary of a talk given by Dr. Neil Longridge, former medical director of the Neuro-Otology Unit at VGH.
Dizzying Heights: Bodies in Orbit
Effects of space travel on the human body, including the vestibular system – summary of a talk given by Cam Cronin.
Effects of Footwear on Gait and Balance
Summary of a talk given by pedorthist Matt Neufeld.
Evidence-Based Use of Walking Poles for Balance
Summary of a talk given by occupational therapist Mandy Shintani, co-developer of the Activator pole.
Happiness, Hearing and the Science of Positive Aging
Summary of a talk given by Dr. Glen Grigg, a practicing psychotherapist and professor of psychology at City University of Seattle in Vancouver, and a consultant to several health authorities.
Litigating Balance and Dizziness Disorders
Tips from a lawyer to help people preserve credibility and obtain a good result with an insurance claim.
Moving from Survive to Thrive: Mental Well-Being in the Context of Chronic Illness
Summary of a talk given by registered clinical counsellor Anna Goren.
Mindfulness for Stress Reduction, Balance and Wellbeing
Introduction to mindful meditation – summary of a talk given by Dr. Geoffrey Soloway.
Nutrition and Exercise: Their Role in Improving Balance and Preventing Falls
Summary of a talk given by Ron Huppée, registered dietitian and certified strength/conditioning specialist.
Physiotherapist Role in Vestibular Dysfunction
Summary of a talk given by physiotherapists Riley Louie and Pauline Martin.
“What is Wrong with You?” (You Look Fine to Me!)
Dr. Mallinson’s presentation is directed at friends and family to help them understand why those with balance and dizziness disorders can look so good when they feel so unwell.