The short answer is maybe, but it will probably be a long shot. Many people experiencing vertigo have resorted to YouTube to cure their condition after seeing the half somersault maneuver developed by Dr. Carol Foster on mainstream news channels. This maneuver treats one type of vertigo, known as Posterior Canalithiasis BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo). The caveat is to effectively utilize this self-correcting maneuver, you must know which ear (left or right) is affected, and that Posterior Canalithiasis BPPV is specifically your type of vertigo. Otherwise it won’t do much for you. In some cases it could even make things worse.
While Posterior Canalithiasis BPPV is a common form of vertigo, you have to keep in mind there are other types:
- Anterior Canalithiasis BPPV
- Anterior Cupulolithiasis BPPV
- Lateral Cupulolithiasis BPPV
- Posterior Cupulolithiasis BPPV
The other concern is that there are many causes of vertigo, such as:
- Acoustic Neuroma
- Meniere’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Perilymphatic Fistulas
- Vestibular Neuritis
The truth is that, unless you can fully diagnose your vertigo, it is unlikely you will find the correct maneuver on YouTube to treat it effectively. Given the numerous types and causes of vertigo, and that some are even life-threatening, it is highly recommended for anyone newly experiencing symptoms (dizziness, headaches, nausea, motion sickness, lightheadedness, ringing in the ear, etc.) to be evaluated by a qualified healthcare professional.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at Activcore where we have numerous physical therapists who are trained to treat dizziness, headaches, concussions and other similar conditions.
Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are based on the opinion of the author, unless otherwise noted, and should not be taken as personal medical advice. The information provided is intended to help readers make their own informed health and wellness decisions.