Vertigo is the most common type of dizziness and makes a person feel as if they or the objects around them are moving when they are not. It usually feels like a spinning or swaying movement, and is actually a symptom rather than a condition. The most usual cause of vertigo are inner-ear related problems such as Meniere’s disease, vestibular neuritis and BPPV. Migraines, head injuries, brain problems and medications that can damage the inner ear can also be the cause.
The most common symptoms of vertigo are dizziness, swaying, tilting and being pulled into one direction. In rare cases vertigo can cause nausea, vomiting and headaches. Although not treatable with common medications, a doctor from the University of Colorado has recently discovered a simple fix which has gone viral since then. After introducing her discovery to the world, Dr. Foster’s video has had more than 2.5 million views on Youtube!
“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 says.
“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,” she jokes.
Foster, Associate Professor and Director of the Balance Lab at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus, is highly respected among people with vertigo. Watch her video below: