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EPLEY Technique for Vertigo
While the causes of the most common type of vertigo are complex, the treatment can be simple. At Arlington Chiropractic Clinic, we evaluate these patients, and if appropriate, perform the Epley Procedures along with other treatments for vertigo and dizziness.
A research study found that 95% of patients with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo had no further episodes of dizziness a week after beginning a simple and well-tolerated therapy regimen.
Known as the Epley procedure, the maneuver is the most widely used treatment of vertigo in the U.S., and it is typically performed by a physician in a medical setting.
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) is a common cause of vertigo and dizziness, especially among older people. One study showed that roughly one in 10 people over the age of 75 had the condition, which is caused by small stones or crystals of calcium carbonate in the inner ear. These stones stimulate the nerves of the inner ear, causing dizziness.
The condition is also known as top-shelf vertigo because changes in head position such as looking up and down cause dizziness. Getting out of bed or rolling over in bed are common triggers.
Different head movement exercises have been used for decades to dislodge the crystals. Earlier at-home maneuvers were much less effective than those now commonly performed in a doctor's office.
New research suggests patients can be trained to perform these techniques at home, and may have as much success treating their condition at home as in a doctor's office.
Caution: Do not perform any of these types of techniques until you are fully evaluated by a chiropractic physician first.
Our vertigo and dizziness patients visit us from Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Buffalo Grove, Arlington Heights and Mt. Prospect in Cook County, IL.