Epley Maneuver Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Rockledge & Palm Bay, FL

Epley Maneuver (Vertigo)

Vertigo, commonly referred to as Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), is treated with the Eply Maneuver.

BPPV is a common type of vertigo that has been found to account for up to 17 percent of cases of dizziness. It is caused by a problem in the inner ear. Small crystals called canaliths become loose in the inner ear. They can end up in the semicircular canals of the ear. When these crystals move around, they cause fluid in the ear to be displaced. This results in a spinning sensation when a person moves their head to a different position. This spinning sensation is commonly referred to as vertigo.

The symptoms of BPPV come on quickly when a person with the condition moves their head. For example, symptoms can be triggered when turning over during the night. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few seconds to several minutes, and include:

  • dizziness
  • nausea
  • visual disturbances

How the Epley maneuver works

The Epley maneuver is designed to put the head at an angle from where gravity can help relieve symptoms. Tilting the head can move the crystals out of the semicircular canals of the ear. This means that they stop displacing fluid, relieving the dizziness and nausea this was causing.

In this way, the Epley maneuver relieves the symptoms of BPPV. However, it may need to be repeated more than once, as sometimes movements can dislodge the crystals after initial treatment.

After performing the Epley maneuver, a doctor will advise a person with BPPV to avoid movements that could dislodge the crystals. These movements include:

  • bending over quickly
  • lying down quickly
  • tilting the head
  • moving the head back and forth

The doctor may recommend that a person wears a soft collar to help them avoid making these movements. They may also be advised to sleep on two or three pillows so that their head is lifted at a 45-degree angle.

Although it may need to be repeated more than once, the Epley maneuver is effective in treating over 90 percent of people. Research has shown that there are no adverse effects from this treatment.

In the rare event that this treatment does not relieve BPPV symptoms, surgery on the ear canal may be a safe and effective option.

For more information, Contact us at Harbour Beach, Melbourne, Rockledge & Palm Bay, FL centers.

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  • Physical/Occupational Therapy Melbourne

    709 S Harbor City Blvd Ste 100
    Melbourne, FL 32901
  • Physical Therapy Barefoot Bay/Micco

    8000 Ron Beatty Blvd.
    Micco, FL 32976
  • Physical Therapy Indian Harbour

    2030 S Patrick Dr Ste 3
    Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
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    255 N Sykes Creek Pkwy Ste 103
    Merritt Island, FL 32953
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    4311 Norfolk Pkwy Ste 116
    West Melbourne, FL 32904
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    6300 N Wickham Rd Ste 116
    Melbourne, FL 32940
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    5445 Murrell Rd Ste 105
    Viera, FL 32955