Your inner ear contains tiny calcium particles. When distributed evenly, they keep the inner ear in balance. The particles act as nerve sensors that send your brain a signal -- when you move your head -- indicating which direction you are turning. If these tiny particles dislodge and are no longer evenly distributed, the nerve sensors send erroneous messages to your brain. Thus, you feel like you are in movement (spinning) when you are not. This is simple benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), caused by aging, head trauma, or a virus in the inner ear.
VertiFree, an herbal remedy, helps relieve symptoms associated with BPPV such as dizziness and nausea. It can also lessen temporary tinnitus (ringing in the ear) or the rushing ocean-like sounds in your ear. Essentially, it restores the balance of fluids in the inner ear.
According to the American Academy of Neurology, the Epley maneuver is considered a recognized treatment for vertigo. It involves gentle head and neck exercises and should be administered by a physical therapist. The procedure starts when the patient sits in a chair or on an examining table. The doctor tilts the patient toward the direction of the inner ear issues. The patient lies on his back for about a minute and then tilts the head to the other side. Next, the patient rolls onto his or her side for about a minute and quickly sits up. This set of exercises should be repeated twice. The idea is that these movements will reposition the unevenly distributed particles in the inner ear and restore the balance.
Try simple acupressure techniques to relieve vertigo symptoms. Place your middle and index fingertips just below your earlobe. Apply pressure while taking deep breaths. Press at the base of your rib cage directly below your breastbone. Rub your fisted knuckles quickly up and down next to the shinbone on the right and left side of your legs. Lift your right heel and put the top of your left foot in between the the left leg's first and second toes. Rub quickly with your heal for 30 seconds. Do the same on the opposite foot.