Specialty program

Dizziness + balance

We can help with: vertigo / benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) /  dizziness / balance issues / nausea / light-headedness / vision issues / motion sensitivity / sensitivity to crowds

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Vestibular rehabilitation is a proven treatment for dizziness, vertigo and balance problems, no matter your age or how long you’ve been struggling. 

In Canada, about 1.5 million people suffer from chronic vestibular damage. The vestibular apparatus in your inner ear senses your head position and movement, and is the pathway that carries that information to your brain for processing. It helps control balance and orientation, so problems in any part of this complex system can create dizziness, vertigo, unsteadiness or visual issues.

Vestibular problems can result from anything from hitting your head to having a reaction to medication. And sometimes they can begin “out of the blue” with no diagnosable cause.

BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo) is thought to be responsible for 50% of all dizziness in seniors. BPPV is the most common cause of vertigo (the sensation that the world is spinning). It’s usually set off by specific head movements such as:

  • Rolling over in bed, often with one side being worse
  • Getting into/out of bed
  • Bending over
  • Tipping your head back to look up
  • Quick head movements

Our vestibular therapists have strong backgrounds in orthopedic and/or neurological care, with extensive training in vestibular rehabilitation and balance training through ongoing education, mentorship and support. Most patients notice improvement quickly, especially when they’re diligent with their at-home practice. 

In addition, we offer some of the only clinics in Canada to use infrared goggle technology to analyze eye movement, offering valuable information to help determine the underlying cause of your dizziness or vertigo symptoms.

We’ll help you learn about your condition and explain your prescribed treatment, which may include:

  • Manoeuvres to correct BPPV
  • Habituation techniques to help your brain reduce or eliminate symptoms provoked by movement
  • Gaze stabilization techniques to improve your ability to focus while your head is moving
  • Balance training to address unsteadiness
  • Hands-on treatment of the neck or other  muscles/joints that might be contributing to your dizziness
  • Addressing other factors such as medical conditions, diet and lifestyle
  • At-home exercises

Cost and coverage

Whether you are receiving physiotherapy, chiropractic service, massage therapy, occupational therapy or other types of rehabilitation services, most health insurance providers reimburse all or a portion of the fees.

Our clinic staff can help confirm your health insurance coverage. Your treatment may be partially or fully covered if you have extended health benefits, a worker’s compensation claim, or were injured in a motor vehicle accident.

Find a Lifemark clinic to determine the coverage options available to you which may include:

  • All third-party insurance
  • Extended health benefits
  • Worker’s compensation
  • Motor vehicle accident insurance

Please note that for payment, all major credit cards, debit, cash and personal cheques are accepted.

Click here to watch a series of videos on the vestibular system, the most common causes of vertigo, dizziness and balance issues, and how to find relief.

Have more questions? Please visit our FAQ page or find the clinic nearest you

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