BPPV develops when calcium crystals move around in the semicircular canals, causing the sensation that the world is spinning. The Epley maneuver dislodges these crystals and encourages their relocation, thus improving symptoms of vertigo.
Step one Sit down with your legs flat in front of you. Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.
Step two Lie down for 30 seconds, but keep your head turned to the right.
Step three Turn your head 45 degrees to the left for 30 seconds.
Step four Roll onto your left side, and then sit up.
Note: This example of the Epley maneuver is appropriate for problems on the right side of your body. If your BPPV affects your left ear, simply turn your head in the opposite direction as indicated in each step.
Most people notice an immediate improvement in their vertigo symptoms after the Epley maneuver. However, others will need to repeat the maneuver a few times in order to see results.
If you are still dizzy after the Epley maneuver, make an appointment with your ENT. He or she will make sure you’re doing it correctly and may recommend alternative treatments. In addition, your doctor will want to ensure that nothing else is causing your dizziness, such as migraines or anemia.
Yes, it is completely safe to perform the Epley maneuver at home. However, it’s important to learn the steps for the first time at your ENT’s office, to ensure it’s done correctly.
The Epley maneuver is an extremely effective way to treat BPPV. To learn how to do the maneuver, contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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