Many people experience vertigo during their lives. If you have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) or Ménière's disease you will likely be familiar with the symptoms of vertigo. It causes a spinning sensation that can put you at risk of falling while affecting your quality of life.
There are two types of vertigo:
Certain exercises can help improve your balance and vertigo symptoms and you may notice a difference in just a few days or weeks. However, before starting an exercise program for vertigo, it’s a good idea to first speak to your doctor or schedule a consultation with a hearing care professional.
With any type of exercise for vertigo, you should start slowly. You can then build up gradually to do the exercise for longer or do more repetitions. It’s a good idea to have someone with you in case you fall or at least have a wall or chair close by to provide support if you lose your balance.
You should ideally try to do one set of five repetitions of this exercise on each side.
If you experience BPPV in your left ear, try the following exercise to help relieve your symptoms:
If BPPV is in your right ear, them move your head towards the right and drop onto your left side first.
If you experience BPPV in your left ear, then the exercises below may help. If you have it in your right ear, then you will need to do the exercises in the opposite direction.
This exercise is a bit like a half-somersault and is one of the easiest exercises to do for vertigo. Follow the steps below if it’s your left ear that has BPPV. If it’s your right ear that’s affected, then do them instead on your right side.
Aim to do this exercise twice a day:
Vertigo can be much more than the occasional dizzy spell. It can have a significant impact on your quality of life. These exercises for vertigo could help improve your balance and have the potential to reduce or even prevent feelings of nausea and dizziness.
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