Ever gotten out of bed and felt the room spin out of control? It's perfectly normal--even though vertigo, or dizzy spells, send many people to the ER. Once there, though, doctors may put you through a battery of expensive tests, trying to figure out what is wrong.
The cause is simple--and usually not dangerous. We all have tiny calcium crystals in our inner ear. As we get older, the coating that holds these crystals in place loosens up, causing them to roll into your ear canal. Once they're there, your brain thinks you're moving--even when you're not.
The fix? A half-somersault. The technique was developed by Dr. Carol Foster, the director of the Balance Laboratory at the University of Colorado Hospital, and it works by repositioning your head so the crystals can roll back to the inner ear.
You start by kneeling on the floor while looking up at the ceiling. Next, you tuck your chin in slightly and roll into a somersault position. Then turn your head to the right or left (depending on which side is making you dizzier).
Here is a video by Dr. Foster that explains everything--and shows you how to do the maneuver.
You may have to do this a few times. But if that doesn't work, call the doctor. It's possible your health provider can try something called the Epley maneuver, which is also quick and painless.
via New York Times
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