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Home Remedies for Vertigo

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The Semont Maneuver

This exercise is similar to the Epley maneuver, though not as popular in the U.S. For dizziness from the left ear and side:

  • Sit on the edge of your bed. Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.
  • Quickly lie down on your left side. Stay there for 30 seconds.
  • Quickly move to lie down on the opposite end of your bed. Do not change the direction of your head. Keep it at a 45-degree angle and lie for 30 seconds. Look at the floor.
  • Return slowly to sitting and wait a few minutes.

Reverse these moves for the right ear.

Again, do these moves three times a day until you go 24 hours without vertigo.

Half Somersault or Foster Maneuver

Some people find this maneuver easier to do:

  • Kneel down and look up at the ceiling for a few seconds.
  • Touch the floor with your head, tucking your chin so your head goes toward your knees. Wait for any vertigo to stop (about 30 seconds).
  • Turn your head in the direction of your affected ear (i.e. if you feel dizzy on your left side, turn to face your left elbow). Wait 30 seconds.
  • Quickly raise your head so it's level with your back while you're on all fours. Keep your head at that 45-degree angle. Wait 30 seconds.
  • Quickly raise your head so it's fully upright, but keep your head turned to the shoulder of the side you're working on.  Then slowly stand up. 

You may have to repeat this a few times for relief. After the first round, rest 15 minutes before trying a second time.

Follow Up

For the rest of the day after doing any of these exercises, try not to tilt your head too far up or down. If you don't feel better after a week of trying these moves, talk to your doctor again, and ask her what she wants you to do next. You might not be doing the exercises right, or something else might be the cause of your dizziness.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Richard Senelick, MD on August 06, 2014
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