Ever felt that you are spinning, even though you are standing perfectly still, or that the room is moving, even though it isn’t? If the answer is yes, then it could be that like millions of people around the world, you have vertigo.
There are two key types of vertigo:
If you have experienced vertigo, you’ll know all too well that it can be a very frustrating and upsetting experience that can have a significant impact on your everyday life. But there are some exercises that you can do to relieve symptoms of vertigo and help to improve your balance.
Before you start any exercise plan for vertigo, it’s sensible to schedule a consultation with a hearing care professional or your doctor. They will be able to review your symptoms and determine what type of vertigo you have and which of your ears is affected.
These types of exercises could cause you to feel dizzy for a short while either during the exercise or afterwards. It’s a good idea to have someone with you while you are doing it or at least have a wall and chair nearby to support you if you feel dizzy or lose your balance.
If you can, try to do one set of five repetitions of this exercise on each side.
If your doctor has told you that you have BPPV in your left ear, try the exercise below:
If you have BPPV in your right ear, then you’ll have to move your head to the right and then drop on your left side first.
If your left ear is affected by BPPV then follow these exercise steps below. However, if it’s your right ear that’s affected, then you’ll need to do them in the opposite direction.
This exercise is sometimes called the half-somersault and is one of the simplest exercises for vertigo you can do. If you have BPPV in your left ear, then follow the steps below. However, if it’s in your right ear, then you’ll need to do them on your right side.
A simple walking exercise you can do twice a day:
You can also do this exercise while moving your head side to side towards your shoulders.
Vertigo is far more serious than just the occasional dizzy spell. It can interfere with a person’s life and wellbeing. If you think you may have vertigo, arrange to see your doctor for an assessment. These exercises may also provide you with some relief and help to restore your balance.
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