Exercises and Maneuvers That Can Help Relieve Vertigo

Vertigo Remedies

Vertigo can lead to balance problems and accidents for many people who have this condition. If you feel you're about to fall over every time you stand up, or if walking makes your head spin in circles, you must see your doctor immediately. This way, you can unriddle what's going on inside your head and find suitable vertigo remedies such as maneuvers and exercises.


Vertigo Remedies That Work Wonders

Several studies attest to the potential of some exercises and maneuvers in preventing vertigo episodes. Have you tried tapping into these vertigo remedies yet? If not, here's a quick overview of your options: 

Vertigo-friendly Exercises

There are a few different types of exercises that will help you deal with vertigo. They're relatively simple to do, and they only require up to 30 minutes each day. Additionally, they don’t require special gym equipment. When done correctly, they can reduce the frequency and severity of your episodes. Below are examples of exercises you can try: 

  • Balancing on one leg 
  • Shoulder shrugs
  • Toe touches
  • Tilting the head slowly 
  • Sitting and standing slowly 

The Epley Maneuver

The Epley Maneuver is a series of motions concentrated on your head. According to studies, The Epley Maneuver mainly applies to patients who experience spinning sensations because of BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). It requires doing slow and assisted neck and head exercises to retrain the vestibular system and brain. Here’s a brief overview of the steps:

  • Sit on your bed with your legs relaxed. 
  • Turn your head 45 degrees to your right side. 
  • Lie back quickly while keeping your head tilted and wait for 30 seconds. 
  • Tilt the head at a right angle to the left side without and rest for another 30 seconds.
  • Turn half of your body 90 degrees to the left. 
  • Sit up slowly, but this time on the left side of the bed.
  • Repeat the steps on the left side.

If you want to try the Epley Maneuver as one of your vertigo remedies, we encourage you to consult with a doctor or therapist. This will help you ensure that you do the movements correctly.

The Semont Maneuver

The Semont Maneuver is another effective remedy you can try. Like The Epley Maneuver, this technique helps move the displaced calcium crystal away from the inner ear’s fluid-filled canals. This prevents them from interfering with normal vestibular function

It's most effective when done with someone else because you can use your assistant’s body weight as leverage. Your partner should stand behind you and gently pull your head to one side while you tilt it towards the floor at a 30-degree angle. Hold this position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

Vertigo Remedies






The Foster Maneuver

The Foster Maneuver is a simple exercise that can help with motion-induced vertigo. It may take a few days for the symptoms to go away completely, but you should notice results after about a week of doing the maneuver regularly.

Do not drive immediately after performing this maneuver. Wait for at least 15 minutes before getting back behind the wheel of your car or another vehicle. Follow the steps below if you want to try this maneuver:

  • Kneel down and slowly plant your hands on the floor.
  • Tilt your head up and wait until your dizziness passes.
  • Move your forehead towards the floor while tucking your chin to your knees.
  • Tilt your head 45 degrees to the opposite direction of your affected side and hold the position for 30 seconds.
  • With your head still at 45 degrees on one side, raise it until it is at the same level as your shoulders and back, then again, hold for 30 seconds.
  • Slowly raise your head entirely to an upright position.

The Brandt-Daroff Exercise

You may perform this exercise in five repetitions, three times a day. You may tap into this vertigo remedy three to four times a week in a quiet room. Like most exercises and maneuvers, it also helps with vertigo triggered by dislodged pieces of your inner ears’ calcium crystals. If you don’t know how to do this, follow the steps we listed below:

  • Sit on your bed with your feet firmly planted on the floor. 
  • Turn your head to the right at least 45 degrees. 
  • Lie down on your left side and wait for 30 seconds.
  • Return to the first position (sitting up) and breathe for 30 seconds.
  • Now repeat the exercise but this time, tilt your head to the left and lie down on your right. Then repeat.


Upper Cervical Chiropractic for Vertigo

You can have a better shot at managing and even preventing vertigo episodes with the help of simple maneuvers or head and neck exercises. Additionally, you might want to consider trying one of the leading vertigo remedies used by patients today – upper cervical chiropractic. 

Upper cervical chiropractic is a natural option for patients seeking to stop their spinning sensations. It works its wonders by targeting one of the most likely causes of an episode – a postural imbalance in the neck. 

As you might remember from other Upper Cervical Awareness blog posts, postural problems in the cervical spine can disrupt several physiological functions. The bones can impede proper nerve signal transmission, trigger increased intracranial (due to poor drainage), and affect your sense of proprioception.

Explore the rest of the latest discussions and insights on vertigo attacks here on the Upper Cervical Awareness blog. Additionally, if you are keen on finding a chiropractor near you, you may take advantage of the UCA Doctors' Portal for the list of all chiropractors who can help you in the United States.


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