The Vestibular Program at Bonner General Health treats people who experience vertigo (the perception that the room is spinning). Free-floating crystals may be inappropriately displaced in a canal of the inner ear.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) describes this situation and can be treated effectively by a physical therapist using a single particle-repositioning maneuver.
For others, vestibular therapy can help those who experience blurred vision with head movement and poor balance as a result of a loss of vestibular function.
Vestibular compensatory strategies can be developed through a customized home exercise program with the help of a physical therapist.
The ultimate goal of vestibular therapy is to improve a person’s safety, balance and ability to focus with head movement.