If you suffer from vertigo you probably know by now that it’s a difficult condition that strikes suddenly but leaves you unable to move or do anything until it passes. A simple head tilt can provoke the onset of a vertigo attack and debilitate you. The worst thing about this condition is that most of the medications doctors prescribe for vertigo are ineffective. The only thing that has helped most patients is Dr. Carol Foster’s half somersault maneuver and in this article we’ll show you how to perform it for instant relief.
Types of vertigo
There are several types of vertigo and they all have different symptoms. Here are the main types and the way they manifest:
- Ménière’s disease
This type of vertigo can last for 1-2 hours and the symptoms are nausea and vomiting. It can also lead to ear ringing, hearing loss and a fullness sensation in the ear canal.
- Vestibular neuritis
This type of vertigo usually happens suddenly but it’s caused by an infection like the flu which spreads to the vestibular nerve. The symptoms include nausea, vomiting, earaches and unsteadiness.
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo
The BPPV is the most commonly suffered type of vertigo and is triggered by sudden head movements which cause the crystal buildups in the ear canal to shift, leading to the feeling of dizziness.
Labyrinthis is caused by an infection in the ear and those who suffer from it feel dizzy and as if they’re moving when they’re standing still.
The most common treatment for vertigo is the Epley or the Semont maneuver. Some doctors prescribe medications, like antihistamines, anticholinergics, benzodiazepines and anti-nausea medications.
The Epley Maneuver
If the vertigo comes from your left ear:
Sit down on the bed, on the edge and place a pillow behind you on the bed so that it rests between the shoulder blades when you lie on your back. Tilt your head 45 degrees and quickly lie down on the back. Stay like that for half a minute and then turn your head to 90 degrees to the right without lifting it from the bed. Stay like this for half a minute. Now turn your head and your body on your right side, look at the floor and wait for another half a minute. Now you can sit up on the bed and wait for another few minutes.
Perform this exercise for three times every night until the vertigo symptoms disappear (24 hours pass without feeling any symptoms).
If the vertigo comes from your right ear do the same on the opposite side.
The Semont Maneuver:
If the vertigo comes from the left side:
Again sit up on the bed, on the edge and turn your head to the right 45 degrees. Now lie on your left side and stay like that for half a minute. Next move to the opposite side of the bed while keeping the head in the same position and look at the floor. Get back up to sitting position, sit for a couple of minutes and stand up on your feet.
Perform this exercise 3 times per day until the symptoms disappear.
If the vertigo comes from the right ear do the same on the opposite side.
The Half Somersault Maneuver
Dr. Carol Foster MD, an otolaryngologist, experienced vertigo herself, Meniere’s disease and suffered from nausea and dizziness. She was sick of trying to treat the condition but to no effect and decided to try and come up with a more effective treatment.
She tried different methods, even underwent surgery but her symptoms would reappear again. So she experimented with some exercises and came up with a set of exercises which helped her and her patients significantly.
If you want to perform her maneuver here’s what you need to do:
Get down on the floor, with your knees and tilt your head backwards. Look at the ceiling and don’t get afraid if the dizziness intensifies for a moment. Place your hands on the floor in front of you and leave your head hanging loose behind you, with its tip parallel to the floor underneath you.
Now turn it to the right or left, depending on which side is affected and stay in this position for 30 seconds. Get your head up, align it to your back but keep the hands firmly on the floor and the head turned to the right or left. Raise the head fully upright. Take a break (15 min.) and repeat it for a couple of times until you feel a relief.