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Effective Home Remedies For Vertigo
The Foster Maneuver (aka Half-Somersault Maneuver)
- Kneel down on all fours, look up for a few seconds, and then put your head down on the floor so you’re looking back at your knees and feet. Wait for 30 seconds or for symptoms to stop.
- Turn your head in the direction of the ear that’s affected from vertigo (turn left if it affects your left ear, and vice versa). Wait for 30 seconds.
- Keep your head turned to that side, and now raise it so it’s level with your back. Maintain the position for 30 seconds.
- Now raise your head fully upright, still keeping it turned to that side, and slowly stand up.
You may have to do this a few times for your symptoms to completely go away. If this is the case, wait 15 minutes before trying again.
The Epley Maneuver
This maneuver is often performed at doctor’s office, as well.
- Sit on your bed (or a doctor’s exam table) with your legs flat out in front of you (not hanging over the edge).
- Turn your head to the side that’s most affected by the vertigo. Keeping your head in this position, lay down so that your back is flat but your head is hanging over the edge of the bed/table. Stay in this position for 30 to 60 seconds or until symptoms go away.
- Slowly rotate your head 45 degrees in the opposite direction (if you started out looking left, turn it right, and vice versa). Wait 30-60 seconds or until symptoms subside.
- Roll onto your side (if you just turned your head to your right, roll onto your right side) and look down. Tuck your chin down and so you’re looking at the bed/table. Wait 30-60 seconds.
- Keeping your head rotated, sit up on the bed/table. Slowly look forward.
Vertigo can be very problematic for those who experience it, but you don’t have to allow it to ruin your life. Work with your doctor, and try some of these maneuvers out for yourself to see how they can help you.