Vertigo can describe a range of symptoms, including weakness and lightheadedness, imbalance, and a sense of movement when there is none. Everyone can experience vertigo slightly differently, but it can be very disturbing. Often it causes nausea similar to motion-sickness.
The most common type of vertigo is called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) and occurs when a little crystalline calcium loses in your inner ear. It is more common in older people, but luckily it is also the easiest type of vertigo to treat because certain physical movements can move the crystals of calcium and bring relief. Vertigo can also be caused by fluid and pressure in the inner ear or inflammation associated with infection of the inner ear. Here are eight tips to help you to cope with your vertigo at home.
Physical Exercises for Relief of BPPV.
1 – Epley Maneuver
Put a pillow on your bed so that when you lie down on your back the pillow will be between your shoulders (as opposed to under your head). Turn your head 45 degrees to the left, then quickly lie down on your back so that your shoulders are on the pillow and your head is resting on the bed, still at a 45-degree angle. Hold that pose for thirty seconds, then turn your head to the right and hold for thirty seconds. Finally, turn your entire body to the right and stay for thirty seconds. Sit slowly when done, but do not take abrupt activities. Repeat this maneuver three times each night before going to bed. If your vertigo comes from the right, reverse the instructions.
2 – Semont maneuvers
This exercise uses similar angles to Epley Maneuver but is used less frequently, perhaps due to the fast nature of the movement. However, it may be worth a try. You can see complete instructions and diagrams for the Semont maneuver here.
3 – Half Somersault or Foster Maneuver
You should kneel on the floor and look at the ceiling for a few seconds, then push your chin and bend forward until you are touching the floor with your head. Hold for thirty seconds. Turn your head in the direction of the affected side and hold for another 30 seconds. Quickly raise your head so that it is level with your back – not fully upright, and hold for another thirty seconds. Finally, quickly lift your head all the way, but keep it turned to the side you are working on. Repeat as necessary and always stand firmly on your feet.
4 – Brandt-Daroff Exercise
Sit on the bed and tilt your head 45 degrees from the affected side. Carefully lie down on the affected side, keeping your head in the same position so that your nose is now pointing upwards. Hold for thirty seconds, sit down and repeat on the other side. You can do this exercise three times in a row, three times a day, until your vertigo has subsided.
Nutrition Tips for Controlling Vertigo
5 – Vitamin D
This vitamin may be useful for people diagnosed with BPPV – talk to your doctor to see if your dizziness might be caused by a vitamin deficiency.
6 – Ginger
You already know that ginger is widely used in the fight against nausea, and it can bring equal benefits to those suffering from dizziness. There are many studies showing that ginger root can significantly reduce symptoms. You can eat it raw, but it can be more comfortable making tea by boiling the ginger root in boiling water for about five minutes. You can add honey to taste if desired.
7 – Gingko Biloba
The most commonly studied plants in the world and is known for increasing vital blood flow to the head. Make sure you get a supplement containing 24 percent of ginkgo o heterosides or Ginkgolides and then start treatment with 250 milligrams each day until your vertigo improves. You can then reduce the dose to between 40 and 60 milligrams a day to prevent it from coming back.
8 – Hydrate
Sometimes the simplest answers are best – make sure you are adequately hydrated. Experts explain that even mild dehydration can cause dizziness, so drink a glass of water.
Vertigo can lead to uncomfortable nausea, and in severe cases – especially among the elderly – can present a risk of falling. Ask your doctor to try and determine the cause of your vertigo, and in the meantime, try these home remedies. Always move carefully and within your comfort.