Vestibular Rehabilitation Introductory Course ~ Manitoba Athletic Therapists Association

Vestibular Rehabilitation Introductory Course

Vestibular Rehabilitation Introductory Course

Winnipeg Manitoba September 2015
 Instructor Bernard Tonks BScPT FCAMT

September 12th & 13th 2015 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Pan Am Clinic
75 Poseidon Way Winnipeg, MB R3M 3E4

Dizziness and balance problems account for 10% of all physician visits and dizziness is the number one reason for physician visits by people over the age of 65. Although dizziness can be due to a variety of causes, a large percentage originates from the vestibular system, a part of the inner ear that helps control balance and eye movements. The etiology of vestibular dysfunctions encompasses biomechanical problems, viral/bacterial infections, ototoxicity, and trauma (whiplash, concussion). Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise based and manual therapy approach to relieve the symptoms associated with peripheral vestibular pathology. Clinicians in both hospital and private practice setting can assess and treat patients effectively. Treating vestibular disorders with exercise is not a new phenomenon, however it is only in the last few years that therapists have become interested in treating this common and frequently complicated patient population. Vestibular rehabilitation incorporates evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques. This is a comprehensive introductory course focusing on the evaluation and treatment of patients with peripheral vestibular disorders. This is a comprehensive, evidence based introductory course.

Course Content:
  • General anatomy of the vestibular system
  • Pathophysiology of vestibular disorders
  • Etiology
  • Signs & Symptoms of unilateral vestibular lesions (UVL), bilateral vestibular lesions (BVL), and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Differential diagnosis of the dizzy patient
  • Cervicogenic dizziness
  • Whiplash & the dizzy patient
  • VR and concussion
  • Critical Elements of the clinical examination: 
    • Oculomotor exam
    • Motion sensitivity testing
    • Balance and gait assessment
    • BPPV assessment and treatment
    • Treatment of UVL and BVL
    • Case studies and practical time
Registration is online only, and limited spaces available.  Please click here to fill out the registration form.  You will then receive an email with further information regarding how to submit payment. Course Fee: $450. This course is open to PT’s, OT’s, AT's and MD’s.Individual consideration will be given to kinesiologists,audiologists and other disciplines.

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Information about the Instructor 

Bernard Tonks is a Physiotherapist who graduated from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has extensive experience in neurological rehab and orthopaedics. Since 1993, he has worked in private practice and in 1997 became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. He has completed numerous courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation and in 2001, completed a competency based certification course in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been treating clients with vestibular dysfunctions since 1995. Since 2000, he has instructed courses in vestibular rehabilitation throughout Canada as well as internationally.

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