One of the realities of aging can be dizziness. A common cause is something called positional vertigo, or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (also known as B.P.P.V.).
B.P.P.V. is typically the result of age, when microscopic “stones” attached to the ends of hair cells in the ear become dislodged. When in the proper position, these stones help maintain balance and special perception. When displaced, they move into the inner ear and provide faulty sensory information that you’re in movement when you’re sitting or standing still. It can be very frustrating, scary, and make you feel like you might be sick.
But it can be quite easy to treat and even cure. All you need to know is one little move: the Epley maneuver.
Created by Dr. John Epley, this move can help reposition dislodged stones and kick the symptoms of B.P.P.V.
These instructions should be followed if your vertigo is occurring on the right side. If it’s on the left, follow the same steps but turn your head in the opposite direction.
1. Sit up on a bed with your legs flat in front of you. Turn your head 45 degrees to the right.
2. Lie down, keeping your head turned to the right. Wait 30 seconds.
3. Turn your head to the left 90 degrees, until it’s facing 45 degrees to your left side. Wait 30 seconds.
4. Roll over to your left side before sitting up.
Those four simple steps might be able to rid you from B.P.P.V. forever! But there are a few things you need to be very careful with. The first is that there are several different types of vertigo with several causes. Before attempting the Epley Maneuver, it is essential to find out what is behind your vertigo. Only once a diagnosis of B.P.P.V has been assigned is it worthwhile and safe to use. Next, before trying this move on your own, practice with your doctor. This motion is only advised if you’ve had some training.
If you suffer from unexplained dizziness, book an appointment with your doctor. All you might need to get rid of it is this simple, three-step move!