Exercises for Vertigo

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Exercises for Vertigo
Vertigo is a sense of dizziness or motion when you're not moving. (Vertigo image by Stuart Vine from Fotolia.com)

Vertigo, also known as dizziness or swimming head, is often characterized by a feeling like you're moving when you are stationary, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. This condition can make performing even the most menial daily tasks impossible. Fortunately, certain exercises can help ease the symptoms of vertigo, but be sure to consult with your doctor before getting started to determine whether your symptoms are the result of a serious medical disorder.

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Brandt-Daroff Exercise

The Brandt-Daroff exercise is designed to help ease the symptom of vertigo by repositioning your head to help compensate for the sense of motion. It is often used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a condition caused by problems in the inner ear. It is performed by sitting on the edge of your bed or a chair and using a rapid motion to lean to the side where you feel the most dizzy. Doctors at the Everett Clinic recommend leaning completely over until your ear is resting on the sofa or chair. Hold this position until your dizziness subsides, or for 30 seconds, and then sit up. Doctors at the Everett Clinic recommend that you perform 20 repetitons of this exercise, or as directed by your doctor.

Romberg Exercise

This exercise is performed while standing on a firm surface with a chair in front of your body and a wall behind you. Stand still with your eyes facing forward and your head straight. Put your feet close together and relax your arms by your sides. Doctors at the University of Michigan Health System recommend that you hold this position for about 30 seconds and perform this exercise two times daily. Eventually you should be able to do this exercise with your eyes closed.

Walking Exercise

This exercise is recommended by the University of Michigan Health System, and is performed by walking five steps and quickly stopping your forward motion. You should work up to walking a total of 100 feet. A variation of this exercise is to walk and turn your head first to the right and then to the left while engaged in forward motion. You can also move your head in an up and down motion while walking. Doctors at the school warn that you may want to have a partner when performing this exercise, since it can cause considerable dizziness when you first attempt it.

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