What to do if you feel vertigo coming on?

Vertigo can be a real head-trip, both literally and figuratively. It’s the feeling that everything around you is spinning, even though it’s not. If you’ve ever experienced vertigo, then you know how disorienting and uncomfortable it can be.

But what exactly causes this sensation? Here are some possible suspects:

  • Changes in your inner ear: The balance center of your body.
  • Certain medications.
  • BPPV (Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo): A disorder where certain head movements cause dizziness.
  • Migraines
  • High blood pressure

Regardless of its source, one thing is for sure; nobody likes experiencing these episodes more than once. With that being said, here are some tips to help manage a bout with vertigo.

Find a comfortable position

When it comes to dealing with an episode of vertigo, comfort should always come first! Here’s how:

  1. Try laying down or sitting still if possible—avoid sudden movement!
  2. Use pillows to prop up your head which might help reduce any fall risks
  3. Nodding off never hurts either(a little humor there :wink:).

Practice Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy

Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) is tailored towards strengthening the vestibular system’s ability by slowly working through different head movements and activities(i.e., yoga). This therapy usually takes many weeks but could have significant benefits for those with recurring episodes of Vertigo (potentially cutting down rehab time)

How VRT works

1) Finding Imbalance – Healthcare specialists will use various methods like Freezing / Stabilization Points tests etc., used as standard protocol.

2) Establish Goals – Goals will usually reflect recovery targets based on Exam Results.

3) Tailor Suited Exercises – Physical Therapists will usually have various exercises supplemented by other balance activities proposed.

4) Gradual Progression – They will increase the difficulty of movements to challenge, encourage improvement and ultimately reduce the effects of your vertigo symptoms.

Try Chemical interventions

If you feel reaching for prescription drugs (not that we blame you), there are three medications approved for treating Vertigo episodes(usually prescribed during a severe scenario):

Meclizine – This is an anti-dizziness medication that has been shown to minimize dizziness associated with motion sickness.

Dimenhydrinate – Another perfect drug used to relieve symptoms caused by motion sickness, a combination of two different medicines- an antihistamine(H1 receptor antagonist)-a medicine preventing allergy-like reactions),
and another constituent benzhydryl compound(dimethylaminoethanol salt).

Antiemetics like promethazine offered relief in nausea/vomiting alongside dizzy spells etc.,

Disclaimer: It’s always recommended that you consult your healthcare provider before taking any medications as they know what solution works best for individual scenarios.

Stay Hydrated

Not being sufficiently hydrated can cause further headaches(literally). Dehydration affects body electrolyte concentrations, which might negatively impact people susceptible to experiencing vertigo/ dizziness while standing up quickly etc. So ensure staying hydrated or otherwise, stay away from cold environs/sudden temperature changes/chilled beverages as these could worsen sensations such as lightheadedness/dizzy spells.

Keep moving

While it’s imperative to rest when feeling dizzy /vertigo kicks in, avoiding excessive sleep/fatigue levels long-term would be advisable since this may reduce work-life balance opportunities! Instead Yoga/increase Acupressure techniques around inner ear areas/supporting neck muscles also prove helpful maintaining circulation patterns throughout one’s body allowing improved blood flow decreases ejection fraction = less likelihood exhibiting poor response mechanisms if Vertigo hits again

Limit Stress Factors

Excessive stress and depression negatively impact Vertigo frequency. Often, a scenario where an individual’s emotional stresses such as bouts of anxiety (of any sort) may create unwarranted dizziness/poor equilibrium off-balance.

Some natural ways could reduce stress levels are:

  • Deep Breathing
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture/Acupressure
  • Stretching

While you cannot control certain physiological responses within the inner ear, changes in lifestyle factors like dieting/exercise can help improve one’s overall health situation while reducing chance of instance Vertigo episodes. Also maintaining decent posture habits stretches out supporting muscles eventually leading to better blood flow that potentially minimize dizzy/vertigo spells from ever happening!

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