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 thatÂ I hopeÂ these exercises give you hope to be able to control yours in the future.