Family Physical Therapy Services, FPTS, would like to introduce Lauren Fournier, PT, DPT, Vestibular Rehab Specialist. She has extensive training and advanced course work through Emory University in their Competency Based Course for Vestibular Rehabilitation, and is a member of VeDA, the Vestibular Disorder Association. Having treated patients with various vestibular related disorders for over 3 years in the greater Boston area, she is now based at FPTS treating patients throughout the southern New Hampshire region.
Lauren will be bringing a variety of information, educational tools, and helpful hints to help those affected by conditions involving the vestibular system. But what does that mean, and what is vestibular? Let’s look at the definition: Vestibular-Adjective relating to a vestibule, particularly that of the inner ear or more generally to the sense of balance. Essentially, if it has to do with balance, or conditions that affect balance, it has to do with the vestibular system. Of course, because of the way the human body maintains balance, it is much more involved and complex an issue. Our body uses a combination of input and messages from a variety of places including the eyes, the inner ear and the muscles and joints. To keep it simple though, when you hear the word vestibular, just think of balance and problems that affect balance, like dizziness or vertigo.
While we are on the subject, you might be wondering what the difference is between dizziness and vertigo. Again, let’s look at the definitions: Dizziness-noun a sensation of spinning around and losing one’s balance. Vertigo-noun a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve. Confused? Don’t worry, with Lauren’s advanced training, she will be able to help you navigate this very complicated system and help you get back on the proverbial “straight and narrow”!
In addition to direct patient assessment and care for the conditions listed below, Lauren also offers group balance assessment and training, which can be provided at our clinic or at other locales.
Vestibular Disorders/Injuries treated include:
- Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
- Vestibular hypofunction
- Labyrinthitis or Vestibular neuritis
- Ménière’s disease
- Autoimmune Inner Ear Disease
- Persistent mal de debarquement
- Age-Related Dizziness and Imbalance
If you have any questions Lauren can be reached at 603.664.8334 or firstname.lastname@example.org.