As discussed in the preceding pages, vertigo is not a disease, but a symptom caused by either an inflammation in your inner ear (peripheral vertigo), a malfunction in your nervous system (central vertigo) or your neck (cervical vertigo).
Since there are three different causes of vertigo, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment. You may adapt a combination of the following methods to help you deal with vertigo.
Special Exercises That May Help With BPPV
BPPV can be treated with the help of a physical therapist. They can guide you through special exercises that can help dislodge the crystals floating around in your inner ear. The following methods are used to help treat BPPV:
• Brandt-Daroff Exercise
• Semont Maneuver
• Epley Maneuver
Before attempting any of the exercises above, it's recommended that you visit a physical therapist first so they can recommend the most effective method for you. To learn how each exercise is done, read the next page, Preventing Vertigo.
Simple Maneuvers for Labyrinthitis
Labyrinthitis may go away by itself over the course of several weeks, but there are some things you can do to alleviate the symptoms while you're healing. If you experience vertigo, lie still with your eyes closed until you feel better.1 Learning balance exercise may ease the symptoms of vertigo as well.2
However, if you experience sudden loss of hearing, it's important to visit a doctor right away. If you notice any other worsening symptoms like slurred speech and numbness, do not ignore these as well.3
Managing Meniere's Disease
If you experience vertigo induced by Meniere's disease, it's important that you find a comfortable place where you can stay still to close your eyes or focus on one object right in front of you. If tinnitus also occurs, you may use sound therapy and relaxation techniques like yoga.
Vestibular rehabilitation (VRT) is another technique you can try, where the goal is to learn how to substitute your inner ear signals with alternative signals to help maintain your balance.4
In severe cases, surgery may be required to help you manage your condition better long-term. A doctor may insert grommets into your ear to help reduce the pressure caused by Meniere's disease. If you already have some degree of permanent hearing loss, a doctor may induce destructive surgery to destroy the part of your inner ear that causes the vertigo. Note that surgery is only advisable when all other methods fail, so exhaust all your options first.5
Dealing With the Vertigo Brought on by Multiple Sclerosis
In multiple sclerosis, vertigo may appear in patterns. If you manage to figure out when your vertigo will most likely appear, it is best to complete important tasks ahead of time, so you can preempt and rest right away. Mobility problems may occur as well, which may necessitate the use of an assistive device such as a cane to help prevent you from falling over while walking. It's also important that you get lots of rest, because multiple sclerosis typically causes fatigue that may exacerbate your vertigo further.6
Using Aromatherapy to Treat Vertigo
Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for treating various conditions. When inhaled or applied to your body, the scent and unique compounds of the essential oils can induce a soothing effect that can help alleviate vertigo. Here are the most effective essential oils you can use against vertigo:7
Aside from being applied directly to the skin (in a diluted form), you can use essential oils in a variety of ways, such as adding them to your bathwater. You can also use a diffuser so you can inhale the essential oil and feel relaxed right away. Feel free to experiment which oil works best for you, and even combine different oils if you wish.