Vertigo, Dizziness & Balance Disorders

1-day Online Seminar (7.5 hours of CPD)

A large number of patients suffering from vertigo, dizziness or balance disorders have great difficulty accessing the best possible treatment for their condition. Most medical doctors will only prescribe anti-sickness medication, and most chiropractors, physiotherapists and osteopaths do not have the knowledge to look beyond the cervical spine. Very few patients are given appropriate vestibular rehabilitation; and when it is prescribed, it is usually non-specific and frequently over-stimulates the patient. Consequently, improvement (if any) is slow, the treatment is unpleasant and compliance is poor.

This seminar will help you better understand the proprioceptive, vestibular and ocular mismatches that can produce vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders, and will provide you with the knowledge and tools to effectively treat these conditions to the best possible extent.

The seminar will be interactive, and participants will be able to and encouraged to ask questions throughout.

A comprehensive set of course notes will be emailed to you in advance of the seminar.

Video demonstrations of examination techniques and rehabilitation exercises will help you to learn the practical skills.

These videos will demonstrate normal and abnormal findings, and will be made available to you after the seminar.

Course Content: 

  • Review of the cerebellum, vestibular system as well as vestibulospinal, vestibulo-ocular and vestibulo-autonomic projections.
  • How to assess for proprioceptive, vestibular and ocular abnormalities without spending thousands on high-tech equipment.
  • Diagnostic approach to vestibular signs and symptoms and how to differentiate benign from pathological conditions.
  • Why spinal dysfunction or pain that develops as a consequence of vestibular-induced postural or muscle imbalances is unlikely to respond to manual therapy alone and usually requires vestibular rehabilitation to achieve more complete recovery.
  • Why manipulation to reduce spinal stiffness in the presence of vestibular dysfunction frequently produces greater post-treatment pain and sensations of disequilibrium, vertigo or dizziness.
  • A detailed approach to specific individualized vestibular and proprioceptive rehabilitation that does not over-stimulate the patient, cause unpleasant side effects or take up hours of their day.
  • Assessment & treatment considerations for specific conditions:
    • Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
    • Cervicogenic vertigo
    • Motion/travel sickness
    • Visual vertigo (e.g. supermarket aisles, watching fast-moving objects or movement on screens)
  • Why vestibular stimulation is incredibly valuable for patients with a wound-up sympathetic nervous system.
  • The association between vertigo/balance disorders and anxiety.

Date: Sunday, 21st May 2023
Time: 9:00am – 5.30pm (BST) / 10:00am – 6.30pm (CEST)
Online platform: Zoom
Registration fee: £135 (GBP) / €155 (Euros)

Please contact if you require any further information.

Seminar Instructor:
Nicole Oliver, DC, MChiro, BSc(Hons), PgDip(MSK Neuroscience)
Nicole graduated from the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) in 2005 and began studying functional neurology in 2006. She gained the Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board (DACNB) qualification four years later. Alongside clinical practice she lectures for Neuroseminars, teaching functional neurology to chiropractors, osteopaths, physiotherapists and other health care professionals in the UK and Europe. Nicole has presented at several conferences and conventions, including the 2014 & 2016 European Chiropractors Union (ECU) Conventions, the 2019 World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Congress, and at the annual or biannual conferences/ meetings of the Swiss, German, Norwegian, Belgian, Finnish, Swedish, Irish and Scottish national associations.