How to stop vertigo yourself at home

Vertigo is a condition where you feel the sensation that your body or environment is moving or spinning. The condition can point to other illnesses or disorders, such as acute labyrinthiti which is a viral infection of the inner ear that causes inflammation of the balance apparatus of the inner ear. The good news, however, is that treatment of the severity of dizziness (the main symptom of vertigo) is often simple. So simple, in fact, that you can learn how to stop vertigo yourself at home using easy head movement exercises.

Easy at-home head movement exercises to stop vertigo

A scientific study published in the journal Neurology, assessed the effectiveness of head movement exercises to manage vertigo. Study researcher Andrea Radtke, MD, and colleagues found that you can have as much success treating common cause of dizziness yourself at home using different head movement exercises as in a doctor's office.

Different head movement exercises have actually been used for decades to dislodge severity of dizziness. While earlier at-home head exercises were not as effective, new head maneuvers are quite effective. Radtke and the team assessed different maneuvers on how to stop vertigo and recommend a few. Here’s one newer maneuver they recommend you can try at home even without medical supervision:

Step 1: Sit on a bed and place a pillow behind your body.

Step 2: Lie back so that the pillow is under your shoulders

Step 3: Turn you head 45 degrees to the left, if the vertigo is in the left ear, or the other way if it is in the right ear.

Step 4: Lie back quickly with your shoulders on the pillow, neck extended and head resting on the bed.

Step 5: Wait in that position for 30 seconds.

Step 6: Turn your head 90 degrees to the right without raising it

Step 7: Wait again for 30 seconds.

Step 8: Keep you head in its current alignment and turn your whole body 90 degrees to the right.

Step 9: Wait in that position for another 30 seconds.

Step 10: Sit up on the right side.


Perform this simple at-home head maneuver three times a day and repeated daily until there are no signs of dizziness for at least 24 hours. Keep in mind, though, that some types of vertigo like labyrinthitis vertigo are self-limited and may need treatment with medications.

Generally, however, common types of vertigo like Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), also known as top-shelf vertigo, are effectively treated using this method. Contact your GP on how to stop vertigo if it persists.

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