Preventing vertigo requires a combination of a healthy diet and specialized exercises. Over time, these two methods may help reduce the frequency and intensity of the attacks. The information below will help you get started on what to eat and the exercises you can do to help treat your vertigo.
Anti-Inflammatory Foods May Help Reduce Your Vertigo Symptoms
Your diet is one of the most helpful components not only for preventing diseases, but maintaining good health throughout your entire life. Ideally, you should nourish yourself with real, organic food, so you're getting all the essential nutrients you need, while simultaneously avoiding pesticides and other harmful toxins.
If the cause of your vertigo is inflammation, such as multiple sclerosis and labyrinthitis, it may help to consume anti-inflammatory foods, especially those that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. To learn more about anti-inflammatory foods and other dieting tips, visit the Diet for Vertigo page.
Specialized Exercises That Target Vertigo Symptoms
Along with a healthy diet, exercises designed to treat vertigo may prevent further attacks from happening. The following methods can be performed in the comfort of your own home:
• Brandt-Daroff Exercise
The Brandt-Daroff exercise is reported to have a 95 percent effectiveness rating in treating symptoms of vertigo.1 To perform this exercise, follow these steps:2
1. Start in an upright, seated position.
2. Move into the lying position on one side with your head pointed up at about a 45-degree angle.
3. Remain in this position for about 30 seconds, or until the vertigo subsides, then return to the seated position.
4. Repeat steps 2 to 3 on the other side.
• Semont Maneuver
Invented by Dr. Alain Semont, the goal of the Semont maneuver is to help alleviate the symptoms of BPPV by moving the crystal deposits in stuck in your inner ear to a less sensitive location.3 Follow the steps below:4
1. Sit upright at the edge of your bed, and then turn your head 45 degrees to the side of the affected ear.
2. Immediately lie down sideways towards the direction of the affected side for one minute, while maintaining the angle of your head.
3. Quickly switch to the other side without changing your head's direction. If done correctly, it should look like you're looking diagonally at the floor. Maintain this position for one minute.
4. Slowly return to an upright sitting position, then keep your head level for 10 minutes.
• Epley Maneuver
The Epley maneuver, also known as the canalith repositioning maneuver, works similar to the Semont maneuver but does not require brisk posture changes. It is reported to be 80 percent effective on the first attempt, but this may not apply for everyone.5 Follow the steps below to perform the procedure:6
1. Sit upright in your bed and turn your head 45 degrees to the side of the affected ear.
2. Slowly lie down and lower your head slightly off the edge of your bed, while still maintaining the head orientation. Keep this position for 30 seconds.
3. Rotate your head towards the opposite direction and maintain it for 30 seconds. Afterwards, rotate your entire body to the side where your head is currently facing, then rotate your head to face down the bed. Hold this position for 30 seconds.
4. Slowly sit up to the edge of the bed with your head still rotated, then look forward as you sit upright.
Before you perform any of the exercises, it's important that you consult with a doctor first to get the postures right. Once you've done a few sessions under professional guidance, you can perform the exercises at home. However, if you notice that the symptoms are not improving or have worsened, don't hesitate to return to your doctor immediately.