The spinning sensation and dizziness you get from vertigo can really impact the quality of your life. For many it can be debilitating. You might be surprised to find out that depending on the severity of your symptoms, vertigo and dizzy spells can actually be relieved with simple at home exercises.
The most common type of vertigo that causes dizzy spells is BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo). It happens when small crystals of calcium get loose inside your inner ear. Most people feel it when they are getting in and out of bed or sitting up or standing quickly. Seniors, typically over the age of 60 are most likely to get BPPV. Thanks to research, it’s also the most simple to treat.
The idea is simple, move the small crystals in your ear to bring you relief.
There are 3 main techniques that can be done at home.
The first maneuver was developed by Dr. John Epley and first described in 1980. Although not 100% effective, it’s been show to greatly reduce the episodes of vertigo in patients who routinely do this exercise.
The maneuvers are all dependent on which side you are experiencing your vertigo on so it’s not always the same for each person.
For an easy explanation of all 3 of these techniques that you can do in the comfort of your own home, watch this video…
Most people do these exercises while lying on their bed with their head hanging over the side. With the assistance of a pillow they are able to turn their head at precise angles to move the crystals within your inner ear.
They are usually done 2-3 times before bed until your symptoms stop.
If you’re interested in learning exactly how to perform these exercises for yourself, watch this video.
This second technique was developed in France in the last 1990’s and involves the patient sitting at the edge of the bed.
Depending on which side you are experiencing your vertigo from, you are to quickly lie on that side while holding your head a certain angle as you lie down.
With this repeated motion done 4-5 times, while slowly sitting up, studies have shown that it can help with dizzy spells caused by vertigo.
For a more detailed description on how to do these exercises properly, click here.
This third technique is the most rare and least used, but people have reported good results when repeated nightly before bed.
It involves you kneeling on the floor as if you are praying. At first you are to stare at the ceiling. To trigger your vertigo quickly bring your head to the ground. Once you have properly triggered you vertigo, lean to whichever side you feel the vertigo on.
Slowly raise your head back up until its above your shoulders again.
To increase it’s effectiveness, go here to get exact directions.
For the rest of the day after doing any of these exercises, try not to tilt your head too far up or down or it may cause more crystals to fall. If you don’t feel better after a week of trying these exercises, talk to your medical professional again and ask what they recommend.
You might not be doing the exercises right, or something else might be the cause of your dizziness.