Vertigo is the feeling of dizziness you get when you do specific movements. It feels as if you are spinning around, or the room is spinning around you. Sometimes vertigo is a symptom of an underlying condition. Other symptoms that may come with vertigo include nausea, stomach pain, and vomiting. Vertigo can be temporary and can go away on its own or with at-home dizziness treatment. If it keeps on coming back, it can interfere with your daily life. Although vertigo episodes last for only a few seconds, it can keep you out of balance or make you fall, making it hard for you to do your daily tasks.
The most common type is benign positional paroxysmal vertigo (BPPV). BPPV is caused by the buildup of deposits in your inner ear, the part of the ear responsible for your body’s balance. Other conditions like head injury, Meniere’s disease, and vestibular neuritis can cause vertigo. If your vertigo keeps coming back, you should call your doctor to determine what is causing it. During a doctor’s consultation, your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and administer a simple examination. If needed, they can also carry out more tests. There are effective vertigo treatments you can do at home that are recommended by doctors.
This article discusses proven effective treatments for vertigo relief.
1. Epley Maneuver
Epley maneuver, also called the Canalith repositioning maneuver, is the first line vertigo cure for most people. Many people with BPPV overcame their symptoms through the Epley maneuver. This exercise can be done at home and lasts for only fifteen minutes. While you can do this alone, it is always better if someone can guide you. To do this, sit upright on a flat surface, with your legs stretched straight. Tilt your head 45 degrees to the right and lower your back, slowly lying down, then hang about for around 30 seconds. Without lifting your neck, slowly tilt your head 90 degrees to the left so that your ear is parallel to the floor. After moving your head, you can then turn your whole body to the left side. You will return to your original stance where you sit up straight, and your head faces forward for the last position. You can repeat these steps three times. Remember to be careful because each movement can make you feel dizzy.
2. Semont-Toupet maneuver
A less well-known vertigo cure is the Semont-Toupet maneuver. It may not be very popular like the Epley maneuver, but experts say this is just as effective. This treatment is similar to the Epley maneuver, where you need to move your body to specific positions. You can do this at home, too. The semont-Toupet maneuver does not require much neck flexibility as the Epley maneuver does.
If you want to do this exercise, the starting stance is to sit upright on a flat surface. You have to fully lie down to your right side and look to your left side in an upwards manner. This position will quickly change, turning your body to the left side while your head is still facing the left, making you look down to the ground. One must stay in this position for around 30 seconds and then go back to the starting position where you sit up straight.
3. Brandt-Daroff exercise
Out of all the vertigo treatments, the Brandt-Daroff exercise is the most recommended as a home treatment because the movements are simple and will not need any supervision. Brandt-Daroff exercise may induce increased dizziness for a short time. Therefore, it is advised that you do this at home or somewhere you will not need to drive afterward. To do this exercise, sit on a flat surface with your legs on the floor. Tilt your head upwards as if looking at the sky. With your head turned, lay it on your right side with your torso. Stay in that stance for about 30 seconds. After that, you can go back to the first position where you sit straight and face forward. Repeat the head and torso position on the other side by tilting your head to the right, looking upwards, and then lying on your left. Stay on that position for about 30 seconds and return to the original position. You can do this dizziness treatment three times a day, twice per week.
4. Ginkgo Biloba
This Chinese herb that maintains the brain’s blood flow has been proven effective for vertigo. Gingko Biloba extract comes in capsule or liquid form. It can be purchased as a prescription drug for vertigo. Gingko Biloba is known to relieve dizziness and make you feel on-balance. Researchers compared it to a medicine called betahistine and found that they have the same effectivity.