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How do you do the half-somersault or Foster maneuver to treat vertigo?

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Some people find this maneuver easier to do:

  1. Kneel down and look up at the ceiling for a few seconds.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

From: Home Remedies for Vertigo WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 24, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 11/24/2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Letter: "Self-Help Videos to Stop Vertigo Work for Some, Not All."

Vicky Hildner, University of Colorado, Denver.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo."

Neurology: “Self-treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

University of Texas, Department of Otorhinolaryngology -- Head & Neck: "Home Epley Maneuver."

National Health Service (U.K.): “The Brandt-Daroff Exercise.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Harvard Health Letter: "Self-Help Videos to Stop Vertigo Work for Some, Not All."

Vicky Hildner, University of Colorado, Denver.

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo."

Neurology: “Self-treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.”

University of Texas, Department of Otorhinolaryngology -- Head & Neck: "Home Epley Maneuver."

National Health Service (U.K.): “The Brandt-Daroff Exercise.”

Reviewed by Neil Lava on November 24, 2018

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