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.

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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

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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

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.

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

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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

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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!”

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If you, or anyone you know gets vertigo, you need to watch the video below.

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