Vertigo Exercises

This is the second part to my “Learning to Deal with Vertigo” blog. I hope I can effectively describe the exercises I was given by the clinic on balance without having any visuals. It might be a bit of a stretch but I will try. They are rather simple and can be done on a couch or a bed. Start by sitting on the edge near the middle of the couch. Sit up straight with both feet firmly on the ground. Now turn your head and look directly over your left shoulder. Quickly fall onto your right shoulder on the couch. (Do not try to control the fall but rather drop hard and fast without support of your arms). Looking up at the ceiling you should experience vertigo and the feel of the room moving. Try to stay focused on one spot until the moving or vertigo stops or mostly stops, you might also experience some nausea so wait until that seems to subside. Then, quickly sit up keeping your head turned over your left shoulder. When you are fully upright, slowly turn your head to the center or forward position. Now repeat for the other side. Turn your head and look over your right shoulder and quickly fall onto your left shoulder. Stay in this position until the vertigo passes then come to an upright position. Repeat these exercises 10 times on each side. Do these exercises everyday until you notice the vertigo on each fall diminishing. Even though I no longer experience vertigo I still go to bed and get up each morning doing these exercises. I simply do them to lower and raise myself from a lying position.

Vertigo is such a debilitating condition and illness that  I hope  these exercises give you hope to be able to control yours in the future.


2 thoughts on “Vertigo Exercises

  1. I developed vertigo for the first time in my life a month after receiving the 2010-2011 Flu vaccine. I was down and in bed for almost 10 days and although the vertigo went away after 4 days I was very weak. I would go into a sweat several times during the day. Well finally I was feeling better and returned to work. On the second day of my return I got a dizzy spell and sweat like crazy. That is when I found your Blog. I have tried these exercises. But I only can do them one time because the dizziness is so bad to one side that it is too scary and then I start to sweat profusely. Any advise? I have to go to work tomorrow the day after Thanksgiving and Saturday and have an extremely high caseload basically by myself.

  2. I am so sorry you are having problems. I know how hard it is to do those exercises, but I wouldn’t give up just yet. Keep trying them, but only do a couple every hour or so and see if you can build up to them. I started doing those exercises after I had had vertigo several times. I don’t know if it would be harder for someone to do them right in the middle of the first attack. You might need sometime to heal. It is always a good idea to see your doctor to determine just what you have and if he says it is the virile vertigo then I know these exercises will eventually help. good Luck1

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