Vertigo itself is a symptom, rather than a condition. It is a sensation of feeling off balance and if you suffer from this issue, you are likely to feel that you are spinning around or that the world around you is the one spinning.
Inner ear-related problems are the cause of vertigo in most cases. Some of those problems include Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis, and BPPV. Migraine headaches, certain medications that cause ear damage, head or neck injury, and brain problems may also be the cause.
A doctor at the University of Colorado Hospital has become a YouTube sensation. That’s because she has developed a simple maneuver to treat vertigo at home.
CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh first explained the treatment in a story in 2012. Since then, it’s gotten 2.6 million views on cbsdenver.com.
“Tip your head up to look at the ceiling.”
You then put your head upside down like you’re going to do a somersault.
“In that position, I want you to turn to face your left elbow,” Foster said
“You wait for any dizziness to end then raise your head to back level. Wait again for dizziness to end, then sit back quickly. The half somersault maneuver has been a huge hit with nearly 2 million views on YouTube.”
“I don’t think I’ve gotten up to the level of a cat video yet,” Foster laughed.
But Foster, Associate Professor and Director of the Balance Lab at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus, is revered among vertigo sufferers.
Check out this video to learn more about this treatment.