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Concussion and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

With or without Cervical Involvement.

Welcome to East Cork Physiotherapy, Balance and Acupuncture Clinic’s page on Concussion and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) with or without cervical involvement.

At East Cork Physiotherapy, Balance and Acupuncture Clinic we understand the impact that a concussion can have on your daily life. Whether you have experienced a concussion due to a sports-related injury, a fall, or any other traumatic incident, we are here to provide specialised care through vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT). We understand that a concussion can often involve the cervical spine ( neck ) and cause additional symptoms and challenges. Our dedicated team of Chartered Vestibular Physiotherapists are trained in the management and treatment of concussions, focusing on improving your vestibular system and cervical spine and helping you regain balance, stability, and overall well-being.

Understanding Concussion and Cervical Involvement:

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a blow or jolt to the head, face, or neck, resulting in a disturbance of normal brain function. It can lead to a variety of symptoms, including:


  • Neck pain/stiffness

  • Headaches

  • Migraines

  • Visual problems, (double / blurry)

  • Dizziness

  • Vertigo

  • Disequilibrum

  • Nausea

  • Photophobia

  • Phonophobia

  • Fatigue

  • Seizures


  • Irritability

  • Rage

  • Sadness

  • Depression

  • Nervousness

  • Anxiety

  • Apathy

  • Agitation


  • Impaired attention

  • Cognitive slowing and fatigue

  • Memory disturbance

  • “Fogginess”

  • Language impairment

  • Executive dysfunction

  • Intellectual loss


  • Difficulty falling asleep

  • Fragmented sleep

  • Too much / Too little sleep

The Role of Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) and Cervicogenic Rehabilitation:

At our clinic, we recognise the importance of addressing both the vestibular system and the cervical spine in concussion recovery. Our integrated approach combines VRT and cervicogenic rehabilitation to maximise the effectiveness of treatment and facilitate a comprehensive recovery.

How VRT and Cervicogenic Rehabilitation work together:

  1. Assessment: Our experienced Chartered Vestibular Physiotherapists will conduct a thorough evaluation to assess your specific symptoms, functional limitations, and areas of impairment related to both the vestibular system and the cervical spine. This comprehensive assessment will help us develop a personalised treatment plan that addresses the unique needs of your condition.
  2. Treatment Plan: Based on the assessment results, we will design an individualised treatment plan that combines VRT and cervical care techniques. This plan may include vestibular exercises, vestibular manoeuvres, cervical mobilisations, posture correction, muscle relaxation techniques, and other therapeutic interventions. The treatment plan will be tailored to your specific symptoms and needs, with the goal of optimising both the vestibular and cervical functions.
  3. Exercise and Rehabilitation: VRT exercises will focus on improving balance, gaze stability and coordination, while cervical manual therapy, exercises and stretches will aim to reduce pain, improve mobility and restore proper alignment. Our Chartered Vestibular Physiotherapists will guide you through these exercises, ensuring correct technique and progression as you regain strength and function.
  4. Education and Home Program: Throughout your treatment, we will provide education on proper posture, ergonomic adjustments, self-care techniques, and strategies to manage symptoms related to both the vestibular system and the cervical spine. We will also develop a customised home exercise program to complement your in-clinic sessions and promote continued progress.
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Benefits of VRT and Cervical Care for Concussion:

● Reduced dizziness, vertigo, neck pain, and headaches

● Improved balance, coordination, and posture

● Enhanced neck mobility and range of motion

● Decreased muscle tension and stiffness

● Increased confidence in daily activities and physical performance

● Faster return to work, school, and sports

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Why Choose Our Physiotherapy Clinic for VRT and Cervicogenic Rehabilitation:

  1. Expertise and Experience: Our Chartered Vestibular Physiotherapists have extensive experience in providing VRT and cervical care for patients recovering from concussions. We stay updated with the latest research and treatment techniques, ensuring that you receive the most effective and evidence-based care.
  2. Individualised Approach: We understand that each individual’s concussion and cervical involvement are unique. Our personalised treatment plans prioritise your goals and address your specific symptoms and needs, promoting a targeted and efficient recovery.
  3. Comprehensive Care: Our clinic offers a wide range of services to support your recovery, including manual therapy, neurorehabilitation, exercise therapy, acupuncture and more. By addressing both the vestibular system and the cervical spine, we provide comprehensive care that facilitates optimal healing and rehabilitation.
  4. Supportive Environment: We create a supportive and compassionate environment where you can feel comfortable and confident in your recovery journey. Our team will listen to your concerns, answer your questions and provide guidance every step of the way.
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Take the First Step Towards Comprehensive Recovery:

If you or a loved one is struggling with the effects of a concussion involving the vestibular system and the cervical spine, seek professional help from our dedicated physiotherapy clinic. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and embark on a comprehensive recovery journey. We are here to assist you in regaining your optimal well-being.

Note: The information provided on this page is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider for accurate diagnosis and appropriate management of your condition.