Cawthorne Exercises for Vertigo

Vertigo, a form of dizziness that feels as though everything around you is whirling or moving, can be caused by inner ear or vision problems, according to Medical News Today. The word vertigo is often used to describe any type of dizziness. Aside from dizziness, actual vertigo may include nausea, vomiting, loss of balance, light-headedness, earache or blurred vision. Cawthorne exercises are sometimes prescribed to restore balance and remove vertigo by training your brain to work through any signal problems for good.

Eye and Head Movements

Moving your eyes and head in certain ways can help lessen the effects of vertigo. When performing Cawthorne eye exercises, always start slowly, then pick up the pace. First, move your eyes up and down, then side to side. Next hold a finger up, three feet from your face, and focus on it as you slowly move it in until it is one foot from your face. Sit comfortably and move your head forward and back, then turn it from side to side. Keep your eyes open and remember to keep breathing.

Shoulder and Body Rotations

Seated in a chair, shrug your shoulders up so they almost touch your ears, then rotate them in circles both clockwise and counterclockwise. Then, bend over from your seated position and pick up different items off the floor. Stand up from your chair and turn around completely, before sitting back down again.

Ball Toss

Cawthorne exercises with a ball includes tossing it back and forth from hand to hand, while holding it above eye level, or tossing it from hand to hand under one knee. A tennis ball would be sufficient.

Walking and Game Playing

Walking while varying your vision is a Cawthorne exercise for vertigo. To start, walk across a room with your eyes open, then walk back with your eyes closed. Next, walk up and down a slope with your eyes open then closed. Playing games that involve a good deal of bending, aiming and stretching such as shuffleboard and bowling may also be beneficial for vertigo.

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