Vertigo Relief: Doctor Shares 1 Simple Tip to Treat Dizziness in Seconds

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Are you in or someone you love in need of vertigo relief?

You may think that vertigo is just a feeling of dizziness that happens when someone glances down from a very high place.

But vertigo refers to a specific type of dizziness that can happen to you anywhere, even sitting if you are sitting perfectly still at sea level.

Vertigo Definition

According to WebMD, Vertigo is a sensation of feeling off balance. If you have these dizzy spells, you might feel like you are spinning or that the world around you is spinning.

Symptoms of Vertigo

Anyone who has ever experienced vertigo knows it can have a crippling effect, causing the sufferer to feel dizzy, lightheaded, nauseous, vomiting and a loss of balance.

Symptoms of Vertigo

What Causes Vertigo?

Vertigo can be triggered by a variety of problems involving the ear, the brain, or the sensory nerve pathways. And it can make the smallest movement of the head or body feel distressing.

Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo or BPPV can be the cause. This disorder is caused by a head injury, prior damage to your inner ear or simply occur among people who are older.

What Causes Vertigo

When a small crystal (calcified otolith) becomes dislodged and is found loosely moving around in the fluid of the semicircular ear canals this will trick your brain into thinking head movement occurred, even though no movement has happened, thus causing the symptoms of vertigo.

Natural Remedies for Vertigo Relief

Common remedies such as head exercises or short-term use of prescription medications can be effective, but medications have side-effects and head exercises have to be done regularly for ongoing relief.

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Now there is an easy, at-home treatment that has proved to be successful at treating vertigo. The “half somersault maneuver” was developed by Dr. Carol Foster, and since she went public with her method on YouTube, her video has been viewed over 2.5 million times.

Vertigo Definition
Photo: YouTube/CBS Denver

The Half Somersault Remedy

  • Kneel on the floor and look up at the ceiling
  • Look down and bend over as if about to do a somersault
  • Remain in that position and turn your head to look at your left elbow until the dizziness stops
  • After it stops, raise your head to back level. Be aware that this will cause the dizziness to occur and then stop again
  • After dizziness is gone, sit up straight quickly.
Natural Remedies for Vertigo
Photo: YouTube/CBS Denver

It’s that simple, but this technique for relief from vertigo has made a big difference to people who suffer from this debilitating problem.

Sue Rickers suffered from episodes of vertigo for years without finding any effective relief. Sometimes the problem would last for days, but nothing helped other than waiting for the episode to pass naturally.

“I couldn’t drive, I couldn’t walk, I had to hold on to the wall,” Rickers remembers. “It was very, very scary.”

Then she found Dr. Rickers’ video and decided to try it.

“It worked,” she said. “It worked the very first time!”

Vertigo Relief Technique

Did this vertigo relieve technique work for you?

Please let us know in the comments below.

About Cary Byrd

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0 thoughts on “Vertigo Relief: Doctor Shares 1 Simple Tip to Treat Dizziness in Seconds

    • The Eppley Maneuver is what I do for BPPV. Google it. I do it on the bed. It does help quite a bit as long as you first figure out which side the crystals are lose on. I do plan to try this one next time I have an episode.

    • Check out the Epley manuever. It helps, but have to do more than once. When you first do it, you will think it is worse, but it does improve. My ENT doctor showed me how to do this. You can do it in your bed and you just roll on your sides. You can find instructions on the internet. Best wishes!

  • Terri Bruzewski says:

    I have had vertigo my whole life it effects everything I do,I am now 45 what if I do these maneuvers and the dizziness doesn’t stop after 15 minutes do I just continue

    • Terri, my physician recommends to do the Epley Maneuver once or twice,
      3 or 4 times daily. My vertigo usually improves or stops after 24-48 hours. I take Meclizine or Antivert for the side effects of the vertigo. (You can purchase this over the counter).

      I hope you can find relief and I am so sorry you have been dealing with it for so long. Best wishes.

  • Barbara Gibbs says:

    When I have Vertigo, my ENT or pcp send me to my physical therapist to have the epley maneuver done. I would rather have a professional give me the treatment, than to try this myself. But if I have Vertigo on a weekend and can’t get to my PT, I’ll take for medicine nausea and try this at home.

  • I have had vertigo non stop for almost 3 years and have tried everything from epley to balance therapy to medications and then some. I just read this article and tried it. I think I feel a little better but can’t tell yet. Is this normal?? How often can I do this? I even put prisms in my glasses that were supposed to work and they didn’t! I’m beside myself

    • Check into Microvascular Compression Syndrome, I’ve been taking Verapamil, a blood pressure medication, for at least 15 years daily. I wouldn’t have been able to function without it.

  • Rosemary Santner says:

    Have fallen as well. Continue todo so but can’t quite figure out what is happening or when it willhappen again. I am not dizzy but do lose my balance on occasion

  • I am nearly 69yrs old, and have had Vertigo for about three months. For a few years previous it was what the doctor called “An inner ear infection”, which gave me instant sea sickness. Which after taking a couple of pills, usually cleared up in a couple of hours.
    Vertigo is a whole different ball game. “In my experience”, doctors are not a lot of help, you need to see a specialist. I have been seeing a physio who has given me eye exercises to do, to improve my balance. Although it hasn’t yet stopped the vertigo attacks, they have become less severe. I have tried the Epily, but that really needs someone to help you. This maneuver doesn’t require any help. It will either work or it won’t, but there is no harm in trying.

  • I woke up with the room spinning 2 years ago. The room doesn’t spin any more but I am still dizzy and lightheaded. I have been to 10 doctors and had many tests and maneuvers but no help. I will try this. Thank you.

  • I have dizziness all the time, can’t drive, when I walk, I have to hold onto the walls. I have fallen on occasion from my dizziness, but I haven’t fallen in several months. I am seeing a neurologists, I fell at work several years ago, darn near ripped my ear off. But the audiologists that did the tests said that me hitting my head had nothing to do with it. I’ve been to physical therapy, and an audiologist now I’m going to a neurologist, just wish this dizziness would go away. I do walk with a cane so I can keep my balance. If I didn’t have this dizziness, I’d be fine. I have not been diagnosed with vertigo.

    • Ask your doctor about a veritgo patch that applies just behind the ear and keeps it at bay. My neighbor wears it and stays upright and ok but without it she’s on the floor howling from the dizziness. Sorry, cannot remember what the name of it is. Dr should know.

  • Shelley Squires says:

    I have really bad vertigo attacks and when I try to do this maneuver my nausea increases and I vomit. I don’t know how anyone can do this when in the midst of a vertigo attack. Any suggestions?

  • I was excited about story title, then I read how to do the maneuver for relief and that puts me out. I have a severe spinal injury and getting on the floor is a one way trip and need help getting off of floor. The last time I went to E.R. with vertigo they tilted my upper body lower than my lower body and had me tilt my head back, they did that several times and hit me with an injection of Valium and an oral dose of med for vertigo. Not sure which worked but I woke up and vertigo was gone. That was my second episode of vertigo, the first was really bad that I passed out from vomiting pure bile in the E.R. bathroom. Nurse had to bring me around with smelling salts. They finally took me seriously and brought me back to exam room all the time vomiting while closing my eyes. They had to knock me out I was so bad. They stated I had labyrinthitis.

    • I wish that I did. My husband and I both have Tinnitus. My ENT and Primary Physician have told me there is no cure for it. I’ve had Tinnitus for five years now. It is quite frustrating. Best wishes to you. I hope one day there will be help for this.

  • To get rid of the nausea I take motion sickness medication that contains meclizine plus my doctor prescribed an anti-nausea that I take when it’s really bad. They initially take a couple of hours to start working.
    Tried this somersault method last night. Within minutes I was vomiting and now feeling worse than I had since this episode started five days ago. Not sure that I want to try it again.

  • Is there any kind of modified form of this for those of us who have severe arthritis in the knees and can’t kneel and put weight on them?

    I’ve seen 14 different doctors…had a multitude of tests, scans, and xrays. I’ve tried almost everything….medication, diet, vestibular therapy…..I’ve even had several doctors try to reset the crystals by turning my head side to side……and still not a moment’s relief. This has been going on for 8 years now. I’ve been living the expression “Hell on Earth.” I’d give anything for 5 minutes without vertigo.


    I was diagnosed with vertigo but it does not occur in bed so I do not know what side is affected. I experience the dizziness when I lay on my back when working on a car or something. Do I do this technique for both sides?

  • I have Meniere’s I use to get vertigo all the time.. but now have had 15 Steroid shots in my ear in my right ear which is my deaf and bad ear…and 4 Steroid shots in my left ear..
    Those shots have saved my life.. I would spin and throw up with no warning..
    Most ENT doctors can administer these shots..sometimes it takes more than one.. the steroid takes down the swelling in your ear which causes vertigo.
    These shots I don’t think will help people with Positional Vertigo.
    Nothing will help Tinnitus…sorry to say…
    Hearing aids with the noise programmed into them so you don’t hear the noise in your head as much.
    Good Luck

  • I have vertigo and menieres my ent has done all the test he knows to do and nothing helps I have to go to bed for 3 to 4 days at a time and the ringing in my ear has about drive me crazy is there any help at all for it it is all the time day and night can’t sleep for it

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