Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) - Home Treatment
You can reduce the whirling or spinning
vertigo when you have
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) by taking
these steps: Use two or more pillows at night. Avoid sleeping on your side with the ear that's causing the problem
facing down. Get up slowly in the morning and sit on the edge of the bed for a
moment before standing. Avoid leaning over to pick things up or tipping your head far
back to look up. Be careful about reclining, such as when you are in the dentist's
chair or having your hair washed at a hair salon. Be careful about playing sports that require you to turn your
head, lean over, or lie flat on your back.
You can also help yourself by doing balance exercises and
taking safety precautions.
Brandt-Daroff exercises can be done at home to help your brain get used to the abnormal balance signals
triggered by the particles in the inner ear. Balance exercises for vertigo, such as standing with
your feet together, arms down, and slowly moving your head from side to side,
may help you keep your balance and improve symptoms of vertigo. Stay safe when you have balance problems by adding
grab bars near the bathtub and toilet and keeping walking paths clear. This may
prevent accidents and injuries.
Staying as active as
possible usually helps the brain adjust more quickly. But that can be hard to
do when moving is what causes your vertigo.
Bed rest may help, but it usually
increases the time it takes for the brain to adjust.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 19, 2012
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