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Vertigo Exercises and Home Remedies

Vertigo or dizziness need to be evaluated to find out the underlying cause and then can be controlled by employing some home remedies and exercises for relief.

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Vertigo is a symptomatic disorder due to problems of the inner ear or the brain. When the inner ear gets affected due to an injury, infection or any other cause, the person experiences vertigo or unsteadiness.

Inner Ear Problems That Cause Vertigo

1. Meniere’s Disease

This is caused by the excess fluid build up in the inner ear that may cause hearing loss and blocked ear feeling along with vertigo. It usually affects one ear.

2. BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo)

In this medical condition, calcium carbonate crystals called otoconia get displaced in the semicircular canals of the inner ear causing vertigo. Older people are more prone to this disease. It is also common after injuries.

3. Vestibular Neuritis

This is caused by a viral infection on the inner ear which leads to vertigo.

Other Common Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo can cause imbalance and lightheadedness or a spinning sensation of the head. It can last for seconds to hours to days depending on the underlying cause. If you have vertigo, you may feel dizzy any time of the day; getting up from bed, walking, bending down etc. Vertigo by itself is not life-threatening but it can affect your daily life adversely. The person is at an increased risk of fall during a vertigo episode.

Vertigo or dizziness need to be evaluated to find out the cause to decide what treatment would be effective. Different diseases will be treated in different way.

Before trying any home remedy, it is advised that you consult our specialist doctors, who, after doing the diagnostic tests, can suggest suitable exercises and treatments for more effective and long-lasting solution to control your vertigo.

Vertigo Exercises

These are also called Vestibular Rehabilitation Exercises which help to improve balance by stimulating the central nervous system.

Vestibular Rehab therapies work by helping to stabilize vision on moving objects, improving balance function and making the person feel more stable during movement.

Vestibular exercises have to be done based on the underlying disease causing vertigo, and after taking into consideration patient factors including age, physical disabilities, other associated diseases etc. Customized vestibular rehabilitation therapy according to the requirement and disorder is best way to treat the patients.

Some Home exercises include:

1. Head Movement

  • Sit straight with your eyes focused on your thumb with arm stretched out.
  • Move the thumb side to side and follow it with head movement.
  • Repeat this exercise by moving the thumb up and down and following it with head movement. Do 20 repetitions.
  • Do this exercise for 5 minutes daily.

2. Exercise While Walking

  • Make sure your path is clear of any dangerous corners or things while doing this exercise.
  • Walking in a straight line
  • Turn your head from side to side while walking.
  • Do this exercise for 5 minutes a day.

3. Sitting and Standing

  • Sit straight on a chair and slowly stand up.
  • Do this for 20 times. You must do this exercise with eyes open initially. Once you feel your balancing is improving, you can do this exercise with eyes closed.

4. Throwing & Catching Ball

Sit straight and throw the ball from one hand to another above your eye level for 10 times daily.

5. Touch the Toes

  • Sit on a mat or bed.
  • Bend down to touch your toes, with fixed gaze.
  • Do this for 5-10 times a day.

It is not advisable to do Epley manoeuvre, Semont Maneuver or Brandt-Daroff Exercise etc on your own without consulting a vertigo specialist.

Specialised therapists at NeuroEquilibrium™ will guide and supervise your exercise routines. This helps in keeping track of your improvement and having a constant guide by your side.

After knowing the various exercises for vertigo, let’s explore some home remedies that are effective in keeping vertigo spells in check.

6. Home Remedies for Vertigo

    • Yoga, meditation and relaxation some causes of vertigo can be reduced with the help of these ancient techniques.
    • Eat
      • Low Salt Diet – Patients with Meniere’s disease and Vestibular migraine are advised to have low salt and high potassium diet.
      • Sometimes low blood sugar may trigger dizziness in patients of Diabetes.
      • Vitamin D – Vitamin D deficiency may cause dizziness sometimes. Consult your doctor to suggest Vitamin D supplements and foods.
      • Avoid alcohol reduce caffeine consumption.

Try to Maintain a Regular Lifestyle – eating and sleeping on time.

Reduce Screen Time – long hours on TV, computers, laptops, cell phones and other electronics can irritate the balance nerve.

NeuroEquilibrium™ houses finest of the doctors to treat vertigo patients. You will be advised on how to take care of yourselves when you get vertigo attacks at home or in your workplace. read more

Dr. Anita Bhandari

Dr.Anita Bhandari is MS(ENT) and a consultant Neurotologist practising in Jaipur, India. She has done a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology from Singapore. She has set up a state-of-art Vertigo and Ear Clinic in Jaipur (www.vertigoandearclinic.com) which is amongst the most advanced vertigo clinics in India. Dr. Bhandari is actively involved in the development of diagnostic equipment in the field of diagnosis and rehabilitation of vertigo and balance disorders. She has contributed to the development of Computerised Dynamic Visual Acuity, Cranio-Corpography, Subjective Visual Vertical, Video Nystagmography and Posturography diagnostic equipment and has two patents in this field. She has also been involved in the development of Virtual reality for vestibular rehabilitation. She is Scientific advisor to NeuroEquilibrium™, a unique project to set up 500 super-specialised vertigo and dizziness clinics in India, Asia & Africa leveraging cloud technology. She has authored chapters on ‘Vestibular Physiology’, ‘Dynamic Visual Acuity’, ‘Surgical treatment of vertigo’, ‘Difficult cases in vertigo’ in various Neurotology textbooks. She is an invited speaker in various Vertigo & Neurotology conferences across the world. Dr.Anita Bhandari is MS(ENT) and a consultant Neurotologist practising in Jaipur, India. She has done a fellowship in Otology and Neurotology from Singapore. She has set up a state-of-art Vertigo and Ear Clinic in Jaipur (www.vertigoandearclinic.com) which is amongst the most advanced vertigo clinics in India. Dr. Bhandari is actively involved in the development of diagnostic equipment in the field of diagnosis and rehabilitation of vertigo and balance disorders. She has contributed to the development of Computerised Dynamic Visual Acuity, Cranio-Corpography, Subjective Visual Vertical, Video Nystagmography and Posturography diagnostic equipment and has two patents in this field. She has also been involved in the development of Virtual reality for vestibular rehabilitation. She is Scientific advisor to NeuroEquilibrium™, a unique project to set up 500 super-specialised vertigo and dizziness clinics in India, Asia & Africa leveraging cloud technology. She has authored chapters on ‘Vestibular Physiology’, ‘Dynamic Visual Acuity’, ‘Surgical treatment of vertigo’, ‘Difficult cases in vertigo’ in various Neurotology textbooks. She is an invited speaker in various Vertigo & Neurotology conferences across the world.

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You need not suffer in silence now. You need not accept vertigo as ‘something you have to live with’. There is a way to cure vertigo, dizziness and any other balancing issues you are facing. Live a stable and vibrant life.

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