Start date
04 May, 2019
End date
05 May, 2019
Date note
This 2-day course runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day.

Course Objectives:

1.   Course participants will understand and be able to effectively assess and treat all of the possible variants of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

2.   Course participants will be able to assess and implement treatment programming for individuals with unilateral and bilateral vestibular impairment.

3.   Course participants will have an understanding of the vestibular and CNS dysfunctions that are not appropriate for vestibular rehabilitation interventions. 

Course Description:

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 and the brain that helps control balance and eye movements. 

The etiology of vestibular dysfunction 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 and CNS dysfunctions.

Clinicians in both hospital and private practice settings 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 physiotherapists have become increasingly interested in treating this common and frequently complicated patient population.

More recently the importance of vestibular rehab in concussion management has been identified.

Vestibular rehabilitation incorporates evidence-based assessment and treatment techniques.

The Introductory Vestibular Rehab course is a comprehensive, evidence based introductory course. A USB flash drive with assessment forms, exercise programs and more is included.

This 2-day course runs from 8:30am - 4:30pm each day.

**Please bring your own clipboard and water bottle.

Course Outline:


8:30-8:45         Introduction
8:45-10:00       Vestibular Anatomy and Physiology
10:00-10:15     Break
10:15-12:15     Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
                            Pathology Assessment and Treatment (demonstration                                                          videos)
12:15-1:00       Lunch
1:00-3:00         BPPV Practical Sessions and case studies
3:00-3:15         Break
3:15-4:30         Start Other Pathologies and Dysfunctions
                             Labyrinthitis/neuritis, endolymphatic hydrops,                                                                         Perilymphatic fistula, SCD, concussion/mTBI, Unilateral                                                             and bilateral vestibular hypofunction videos


8:30-9:45         Continue Pathology
9:45-10:15       Cervicogenic Dizziness
10:15-10:30     Break
10:30-12:00     Assessment of the Vestibular System
                            Subjective Evaluation
                            Objective Evaluation
                                 oculomotor and vestibulo-ocular reflex testing
                                 motion sensitivity testing
                                 balance and gait assessment
                                 visual system screening
                                 review videos
                                 practical session
12:00-12:45     Lunch
12:45-1:30       Assessment continued
1:30-3:00         Treatment of Vestibular Disorders (lecture & case studies)
                            BPPV, UVL, BVL, vision dysfunctions
3:00-3:15        Break
3:15-3:45        Case studies
3:45- 4:15       Medical Investigations
4:15-4:30        Q & A


In person


bernard tonks

Bernard Tonks is a graduate of the University of Toronto (BScPT 1986). In 1997, he became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Therapists. He has completed a variety of courses in Vestibular Rehabilitation and in 2001 completed the competency based certification course in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been assessing and treating clients with vestibular dysfunctions since 1995. Since 2000, he has instructed numerous courses in vestibular rehabilitation throughout Canada as well as internationally.

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All participants are responsible for ensuring that they have a current license to practice from the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia (CPTBC). If participants are from out of BC, they must acquire an Courtesy License from CPTBC:

PABC Course Cancellation Policy:

PABC Course refunds are issued for cancellations received two weeks prior to the event,  less a $100 Cancellation fee. No refunds are issued for cancellations less than two weeks prior to the event.

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Event Cost
PABC members - $540, PABC New Grad members - $380, Non-PABC members - $700 plus GST
In person

2231 Louie Drive
West Kelowna BC V4T3K3