Feeling Dizzy? Doctor Shares an Easy Way to Treat Vertigo in Seconds

People who suffer from vertigo know how unpredictable and frightening this condition can be. Namely, a simple tilting of the head can cause dizziness and make you fall thus being prone to many injuries.

There are many medications and treatments for vertigo, but most of them have proven to be ineffective. Yet, Dr. Carol Foster has offered a new hope for these sufferers by developing the Half Somersault Maneuver along with the other maneuvers like the Epley Maneuver and the Semont Maneuver. First, let us explain more about vertigo and its occurrence.

How vertigo occurs?

The human inner ear contains three interconnected canals and gravity sensors. Each canal is capped by a bed of crystals, and if it gets dislodged, it can enter in any of the canals. As a result of that the crystals build-up and cause a mechanical disorder, thus leading to extreme dizziness once the accumulated crystals tilt.

Types of Vertigo

    1. BPPV – Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo

This is the most common vertigo form that gets triggered by crystal buildup shifts in the inner ear canals caused by certain head movements.

    1. Labyrinthitis

This type of vertigo occurs mostly by an ear infection. The affected patient experiences dizziness and feeling of movement even though he remains still.

    1. Ménière’s disease

The symptoms of this condition can last for up to 2 hours, including nausea and vomiting. In addition to this, the patient may experience ringing in the ears, hearing loss and a feeling of fullness in the ear canal.

    1. Vestibular neuritis

This type happens unexpectedly as a result of an infection. A cold or flu could spread to the vestibular nerve and thus cause vertigo with the following symptoms: nausea, earache, unsteadiness, and vomiting.

The common pharmaceutical treatment of vertigo is the administration of the following drugs: benzodiazepines dopamine receptor antagonists, calcium channel antagonists, anticholinergics, antihistamines and anti-nausea medications. However, this medical treatment in most cases comes along with the application of the Epley maneuver and the Semont maneuver.

The Epley Maneuver

Here it is how to perform it when the vertigo occurs from the left ear:

Step 1 – Take a sitting position on the edge of your bed, and then tilt the head at 45 degrees to the left. Have a pillow under you, to rest your head when you lie down. Position your head between your shoulders.

Step 2 – Lie down on your back, but do it quickly. Stay like that for 30 seconds.

Step 3 – In this position, turn your head at 90-degree angle to the right, but make sure not to elevate it. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.

Step 4 – Now, turn your head and as well as your body to the right so that to look at the floor. Remain like that for 30 seconds. 

Step 5 – In the end, raise yourself from the lying position and sit on the bed for a few minutes.

You should repeat the maneuver three times before going to bed at nighttime. Perform it till the vertigo symptoms are gone for a whole day.

If the vertigo comes from the right ear, then apply the same steps just in reverse way.

The Semont Maneuver

Here it is how to perform it when the vertigo occurs from the left ear and side:

Step 1 – Take a sitting position on the edge of your bed, and then tilt the head at 45 degrees to the right, and lie down on the left side. Stay in this position for 30 seconds.

Step 2 – Move your body in order to lie down on the opposite end of the bed.

Step 3 – Your head is still at a 45-degree angle, remain lying on the bed for 30 seconds and looking at the floor.

Step 4 – Go back to a sitting position, but do it slowly, and wait for a few minutes before you get up from the bed.

Perform it three times a day till there are no symptoms for 24 hours.

If the vertigo comes from the right ear, then apply the same steps just in reverse way.

The Half Somersault Maneuver

This maneuver was invented by the otolaryngologist Dr. Carol Foster MD, Director of the Balance Laboratory from the University of Colorado Denver. She also suffered from vertigo, specifically from Meniere’s disease and experienced nausea and dizziness every day. She even underwent a surgery to solve this issue, and had the nerve in her ear cut. In the beginning the symptoms were treated for a while, but the spinning resumed. This triggered her to find a way how to treat this condition.

Vertigo occurs as a result of accumulation of crystals and because of that she experimented with a twisting motion to release them. After a certain period of time she found out a simple exercise that helped her and all her patients.

Here are the steps for the application of the Half Somersault Maneuver:

Step 1 – Begin the exercise on the floor. Kneel, and tilt the head back.

Step 2 – In this position focus your glance at the ceiling. You may experience increased dizziness momentarily, but remain focused.

Step 3 – Place your hands on the floor in front of you and leave your head to hang loose. The tip of the head needs to be in parallel line to the floor, with your chin slightly tucked in.

Step 4 – Turn your head either to the right or left elbow, according to the affected ear.

Step 5 – Stay in this position for around 30 seconds, and after that raise your head quickly with your hands still on the floor and aligned with the back. Keep your head still tilted to the affected side.

Step 6 – Elevate your head fully upright.

You need to repeat this maneuver till you fully experience the positive effects, but between each maneuver make a 15-minute break. Many patients report the efficacy of the implementation of this maneuver in terms of symptoms and some of them even treated vertigo completely.

Note: If you experience dizziness regularly, then you need to visit your doctor, and if the diagnosis is vertigo, first ask your doctor about approval before performing the Half Somersault Maneuver.