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Many people experience
vertigo. If you have
Ménière's disease or
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), you may
have to deal with vertigo throughout your life. The spinning sensation it
causes puts you at risk for falling and can also affect your quality of life if
it interferes with your level of activity. You can do exercises at home to help
your body get used to the confusing signals that cause your vertigo. Doing
these exercises may help you cope with your vertigo.
Exercises can help you improve and safeguard your balance. Level 1 exercises include the Romberg exercise, standing sway exercises, and marching in place. These are "beginner" exercises. Over time you may try level 2 exercises, such as turning in place and doing head movements while standing. These are a little harder than level 1 exercises. Your vertigo symptoms may
improve within a few days to a few weeks.
With each exercise,
start out slowly. Over time, you can gradually try to do the exercise for a
longer time or do more repetitions. When you first begin, it is important to
have someone with you in case you feel you are going to fall. As you progress,
you may be able to do some of the exercises on your own.
If you are concerned about falling, always have someone with you.
You can track your progress for these exercises. Prepare a list that shows the date, the time
you spent exercising, how often your eyes were open or closed, and how you felt
during each exercise.
You can track your progress for walking exercises. Prepare a list that shows the distance you walked, how often you
walked, and how you felt while you were walking.
December 19, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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