DIY Home Exercise For Common Form of Vertigo
A researcher whose research focuses is on Benign positional vertigo, Meniere disease and migraine associated dizziness discovered half somersault maneuver, a do-it-yourself home exercise for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). Her name is Dr. Carol Foster, an associate professor and currently the Director of Balance Laboratory of the University of Colorado Hospital. She has been a recipient of numerous awards and merits across America and the most recent of which is her having bagged the “Champion of Vestibular Medicine Award”.
It was Dr. Foster’s interest in vestibular evaluation and rehabilitation which made her discover the DIY home exercise for common vertigo. Being a sufferer of Meniere disease herself, she devoted her years of research in finding safe ways to treat vestibular abnormalities. Her research led her to author a number of published documents on various tests of vestibular patient evaluation and finally the half somersault maneuver. The latter maneuver for positional vertigo has been known to be more effective than Epley maneuver which has also gained prominence in the past few years.
Half somersault maneuver is characterized by a home exercise which can be performed with ease. Unlike Epley, Dr. Foster’s maneuver doesn’t require other people to perfect. Her Youtube video detailing the step by step process of the maneuver has just went viral not only because it is easy-to-follow but because of the positive remarks which has been given to it. It has since then become the word-of-mouth of millions of vertigo sufferers all across the globe.
In the US, there are over 7 million people who have benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. This is a common form of vertigo which according to research has a lifetime prevalence rate of 2.4 percent worldwide. Symptoms of this vertigo, can however be relieved by maneuvers like Epley and half somersault. While there is still tendency of this position vertigo to recur, they are still capable of fixing using either half somersault or Epley maneuvers.
Half somersault’s edge over Epley is that the former can be self-applied because the latter maneuver needs assistance of a therapist or physician before it can be perfected. The reason for this is because a patient treated using Epley maneuver still has to undergo sever vertigo spells all through the process of making head movements. Another risk with Epley is that it is more likely that crystals get into the other spinning sensors inside the ear which can trigger an increase in vertigo symptoms rather than cure the same. This very same risk is reduced by the half somersault maneuver and what is great about it is that it can be performed alone.
When used as a home exercise, Dr. Foster’s breakthrough in vestibular research only had fewer complications. Patients also said they are not as dizzy as with Epley. While the maneuvers are both widely accepted, but the half somersault maneuver has recently been favored because it is indeed a perfect DIY home exercise which can be self-applied and as such, can result in saving more from health care costs.