The Epley maneuver or repositioning maneuver is a maneuver used to treat benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) of the posterior or anterior canals.
Video demonstrates how the Epley maneuver is performed to treat Posterior canal BPPV affecting the right ear. Animation showing what is going on within the inner ear is also shown in the 2nd half of the video.
When performing the Epley maneuver, caution is advised should neurological symptoms (for example, weakness, numbness, visual changes other than vertigo) occur. Occasionally such symptoms are caused by compression of the vertebral arteries and if one persists for a long time, a stroke could occur. If the exercises are being performed without medical supervision, we advise stopping the exercises and consulting a physician or us @ Pro Motion Rehab & Wellness Center @ 828-837-0400.
If the exercises are being supervised, given that the diagnosis of BPPV is well established, in most cases we modify the maneuver so that the positions are attained with body movements rather than head movements.
After the Epley, here are your instructions below, which are aimed at reducing the chance that debris might fall back into the sensitive back part of the ear.
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