Vertigo is a feeling of spinning even when the individual is on the ground. The feeling results from a balance disorder that happens from damage to the inner ear and can create an illusion of a spinning environment. Occasionally, the sensation may be strong enough to trigger nausea and a loss of a balance. It is also distinct from dizziness which is more similar to a feeling of fainting.
Vertigo results from an imbalance in the functionality of specific areas such as vision, hearing and a sense of where an individual may be in space. Being a specific kind of dizziness, vertigo is more of a symptom rather than a medical condition. Vertigo has also been associated with high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels. The often uncomfortable and sometimes intimidating sensation can quickly limit daily activities and make an individual feel unwell.
The proper treatment of vertigo depends on its cause but with some basic maneuvers, might help bring relief from vertigo symptoms.
A modified Epley maneuver is kind of physical therapy that is often carried out by a doctor or a physical therapist, but can also be prescribed to do at home. The treatment involves specific head and body movements done while sitting on a bed.
For instance, if vertigo triggers from the left ear and side, sit on the bed and turn head 45 degrees to the left. Lying down place a pillow underneath so that it rests between the shoulders and not the head. Wait 30 seconds for any vertigo to stop and turn the head halfway to the right without raising it. Wait another 30 seconds.
From this position, turn the head and body to the right so that you are facing the floor. Pause for 30 seconds. Gradually sit up, remaining on the bed for a few more minutes. If vertigo triggers from the right side, reverse the instructions.
Once a patient has received proper instruction, the maneuver can get rid of vertigo symptoms within one week for many individuals. Repeating these moves three times before going to bed can help stave vertigo symptoms for 24 hours.