One type of vertigo (dizziness) can be treated with simple head movements, no medicine

The Washington Post reports that although “vertigo can be frightening and lead to nausea, vomiting, headaches and other symptoms,” the “solution is more simple than you might think.”

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a common type of vertigo which occurs more frequently with age, can “usually be treated with simple head movements,” known as the Epley maneuver, “that can be done in a physician’s office or at home.”

The Post notes that “your primary-care doctor or a vestibular therapist can show you how to perform this simple treatment.”

 HealthDay adds that there are videos posted on YouTube teaching the Epley maneuver. They write, “US researchers found that accurate video demonstrations of the maneuver are readily available on YouTube, according to the study in journal Neurology.”

MedPage Today reports that just two-third of the videos “accurately depicted the Epley maneuver,” according to the study. WebMD and Medscape also reported on the study.

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1 Response to One type of vertigo (dizziness) can be treated with simple head movements, no medicine

  1. DeAnn Schlatter says:

    I was young (around 23) when I had a severe episode of vertigo, so this is not just an advancing-age issue. Couldn’t walk, had to crawl to the bathroom. My doctor did the head movements, which worked. I now know to not sleep on one side all night, and not let myself get too congested. I also incorporate balance exercises in my workout routine.

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