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Understanding Dizziness 101

Understanding Dizziness 101

Understanding Dizziness 101

This course includes
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Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion


Imagine if you could develop a framework to guide your assessment and treatment of dizziness as a physiotherapist or rehabilitation professional?

This online course was developed specifically to help you build that framework combining evidence base and years of clinical experience.

Specifically, the course will review how the vestibular system works, common vestibular disorders and their treatment principles, as well as step-by-step instructions how to treat the most common form of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV). 

Whether you work with a sports team, with seniors, in a hospital, or a bustling private practice you may be looking to improve your understanding of dizziness as you get stuck at times with what to do.

We get it. We have been there.

Dizziness is a common complaint across the lifespan, but sadly it is also poorly understood and treated. The thing is, it does not have to be this way.


Bottom Line:

Our goal with this course is for you to start to experience a transition from feeling uncertain in your abilities or understanding of dizziness to feeling confident in your skillset and experience improved patient outcomes.

We want you to feel excited about seeing your next dizzy patient!


The objectives are that by the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain in lay terms the anatomy and physiology of the vestibular system.
  2. Perform a vestibular assessment, interpret the findings, identify those who will respond to vestibular therapy and those who will need further consultation.
  3. Develop an initial treatment plan for those who will benefit from vestibular therapy.
  4. Understand the expectations for treatment, outcome, and timeframes.
  5. Successfully perform a treatment maneuver for the most common form of BPPV.


What do you get with this online course?

For the investment of your time (nearly 4 hours with all the extras in addition to the core course) and the cost of the course you will have unlimited, 24/7 on-demand access to the online course which will include:

  • PDF downloads of the slides that you can reference as needed.
  • Multiple “cheat sheets” for rapid access during your busy day.
  • Numerous BONUS’ (i.e. videos and handouts) that will reinforce the material covered.
  • Step-by-step videos demonstrations and written instructions of all of the techniques covered in the course.
  • Video demonstrations of positive oculomotor findings associated with central and peripheral vestibular disorders.
  • A literature review with a PDF of the references.
  • Course certificate. 


Understanding Dizziness 101 Was Created For You If:

  • You are a practitioner (physiotherapist/physical therapist or rehabilitation professional) who sees a need in this area and would like some direction to know where to start.
  • You are a practitioner who has dabbled in this area and has had a mix of success and failures.
  • You are a practitioner who has dabbled in this area and feels limited due to your lack of training.
  • You are looking for an area to specialize in, be your niche, and set you apart from your competitors.
  • You are considering ways to improve the quality of life for those in your community.
  • You are curious as to what the field of vestibular therapy is all about.
  • Or, you simply love to learn.

If any of the above resonates with you, we cannot wait to work with you inside Understanding Dizziness 101!

The instructors
Kregg Ochitwa

Kregg has been a registered physical therapist since 1995. Over the years his caseload has shifted from solely orthopedic to a mix of orthopedic and vestibular. With this background he has also established a reputation for treating concussion, having treated athletes in the NFL, CFL, college ranks, WHL, high school athletes, and the weekend warrior.

In 2008, he completed all of the requirements of the Vestibular Rehabilitation: a competency based course at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. Since then he has continued to take ongoing courses throughout North America in regards to orthopedics, traumatic brain injury, and vestibular therapy. He has also been asked to teach weekend courses and present at various conferences throughout North America and Europe.

In 2010, Kregg opened the North 49 Balance & Dizziness Centre in his hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The clinic has since grown from a staff of one to seven physical therapists, where well over half of the caseload consists of patients with dizziness and/or balance issues.

Course Material included in this course
  • Module 1: Background Information
  • Slides - Epidemiology
  • Epidemiology
  • References - Epidemiology
  • Slides - Causes of Dizziness
  • Causes of Dizziness
  • Common Vestibular Conditions - Cheat Sheet
  • Non-vestibular Conditions - Cheat Sheet
  • Module 1 Feedback.
  • Module 2: Understanding the Causes of dizziness
  • Slides - Anatomy & Physiology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Ear - Image
  • Semi-Circular Canal - Image
  • Canal Orientation - Image
  • Otolithic Organ (layers) - Image
  • Endolymphatic Flow - Image
  • References - Anatomy & Physiology
  • Slides - Vestibular Reflexes
  • Vestibular Reflexes
  • VOR Schematic - Image
  • Let's Check Your Recall (don't skip this!)
  • Slides - Peripheral Vestibular Disorders
  • Peripheral Vestibular Disorders
  • Canalithiasis - Image
  • Cupulolithiasis - Image
  • References - Peripheral Vestibular
  • Slides - Central Vestibular Disorders
  • Central Vestibular Disorders
  • References - Central Vestibular
  • Slides - Non-Vestibular Disorders
  • Non-vestibular Disorders
  • Cheat Sheet - Central vs Peripheral Vestibular
  • Cheat Sheet - Identification of BPPV Canal Involvement
  • Cheat Sheet - Differential Diagnosis: BPPV vs Central Vestibular
  • BONUS - BPPV vs Vestibular Neuritis/Labyrinthitis
  • BONUS - BPPV vs Meniere's Disease
  • BONUS - Meniere's Disease vs Vestibular Migraine
  • BONUS - Dietary Guidelines for Endolymphatic Hydrops (Meniere's Disease)
  • Module 2 Feedback.
  • Module 3: Assessment & Treatment
  • Slides - History Taking
  • Sample Intake Form
  • History Taking
  • Cheat Sheet - Patient History
  • Handout - Dizziness Handicap Inventory
  • Handout - Activity Specific Balance Confidence Scale
  • References - History Taking
  • Introduction to Oculomotor Testing
  • Instructions - Oculomotor Testing in Room Light
  • Instructions - Oculomotor Testing With Visual Fixation Removed
  • Module 3 (history) Feedback.
  • Module: 3 Oculomotor Testing in Room Light
  • Spontaneous & Gaze Evoked Nystagmus (central & peripheral vestibular)
  • Eye Range of Motion, Vergence, & Smooth Pursuit (central vestibular)
  • Saccadic Eye Motion (central vestibular)
  • Static vs Dynamic Visual Acuity Test (peripheral vestibular)
  • Dix-Hallpike & Roll Test (peripheral vestibular)
  • Module 3: Oculomotor Testing with Visual Fixation Removed
  • Spontaneous & Gaze Evoked Nystagmus (central & peripheral vestibular)
  • Head Shaking Nystagmus (peripheral vestibular)
  • Pressure Tests (peripheral vestibular)
  • Hyperventilation Test (peripheral vestibular)
  • Dix-Hallpike Test (peripheral vestibular)
  • Roll Test (peripheral vestibular)
  • Module 3 (assessment) Feedback.
  • Course Wrap-Up
  • Wrapping Up
  • Post Course Test
  • Clinic Resources
  • Course Feedback
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