Author Archives: Susan Rankin

About Susan Rankin

Susan Rankin has been practicing Physiotherapy since 1977. She did her undergraduate work at McGill University and post-graduate study at McMaster University. Susan is a certified Vestibular Therapist as designated by Emory University. In preparation for research on rehabilitation of the facial nerve, she was trained in the techniques of facial retraining by a therapist from Dr. Balliet’s clinic. She has been practicing the technique since 1986.

International Facial Nerve Conference

The 13th International Facial Nerve Symposium (IFNS) was held August 3 to August 6, 2017 in Los Angeles. The IFNS is held every 4 years and brings together Facial Plastic Surgeons, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons, Head and Neck surgeons as well … Continue reading

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Diagnosing Balance & Dizziness Disorders

The article written by Wuyts, Van Rompaey, and Maes has eight different dimensions that characterize vertigo complaints and help clinicians in their diagnosis. Continue reading

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Defining Dizziness

  A recent article in the New York Times provides some interesting insights on the topic of dizziness. “Dizziness is not a disease but rather a symptom that can result from a huge variety of underlying disorders or, in some … Continue reading

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Yoga and Balance

Yoga can help improve your balance. Continue reading

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More Facial Therapists Trained in BC

From l to r, Kirsty Nicol, Susan Rankin, Sarah Kennedy and Christina Wong This past week-end was an incredible time of learning and sharing. Three new Physiotherapists came to learn their Advanced Techniques in Facial Neuromuscular Retraining. We spent time … Continue reading

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Cotton Swabs Can Be Dangerous!

For many people, using cotton swabs in their ears is a daily ritual to clean the water out of their ears and to get wax out. So why is that dangerous? Continue reading

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Facial Nerve Symposium

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 3 years since the last International Facial Nerve Symposium. This is the principal conference for a facial therapist and the rehabilitation component is growing with every meeting. I’m looking forward to going to Los … Continue reading

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Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists

What’s the difference between a Physiotherapist and Physical Therapist? I am asked this question frequently. My answer is, most often, “There is no difference.”           Officially, any graduate of a University physiotherapy program in Canada is … Continue reading

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Physiotherapy Month

May is Physiotherapy month in Canada. Continue reading

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Do Allergies Make Me Dizzy?

People often ask if allergies could be the cause of their dizziness. Continue reading

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