Vertigo and the Epley Maneuver

Vertigo and the Epley Maneuver

Vertigo is a common condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It can cause dizziness, nausea, and a sensation of spinning or swaying. Fortunately, there are several treatment options available, including the Epley maneuver, a simple procedure that can help alleviate symptoms.

What is Vertigo?

Vertigo is a type of dizziness that occurs when there is a problem with the inner ear or the brain. It can cause a feeling of spinning, swaying, or tilting, and may also be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and difficulty walking or standing.

Vertigo is often caused by a condition called benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when tiny calcium crystals in the inner ear become dislodged and move into the wrong part of the ear. This can lead to feelings of dizziness and imbalance.

The Epley Maneuver

The Epley maneuver is a simple procedure that can help alleviate the symptoms of vertigo caused by BPPV. It involves a series of head movements that are designed to move the dislodged calcium crystals back to their proper location in the inner ear.

Research Studies

Studies have shown that the Epley maneuver is a highly effective treatment for BPPV. In a study published in the journal Otology & Neurotology, researchers found that the Epley maneuver was successful in treating BPPV in 87% of patients after just one treatment session. Another study published in the Journal of Neurology found that the Epley maneuver was effective in treating BPPV in 95% of patients.

Table: Success Rates of Epley Maneuver in Treating BPPV

Study Success Rate
Otology & Neurotology 87%
Journal of Neurology 95%


Vertigo can be a debilitating condition, but the Epley maneuver offers a safe and effective treatment option for those suffering from BPPV-related vertigo. Research studies have demonstrated the high success rate of the Epley maneuver, making it a recommended first-line treatment option for BPPV. If you are experiencing symptoms of vertigo, talk to your healthcare provider about whether the Epley maneuver may be right for you.

In addition to its high success rate, the Epley maneuver is also a non-invasive and safe treatment option for vertigo. It can be performed by a healthcare provider or physical therapist, and typically takes only a few minutes to complete.  Our physical therapist, Andrea Gosselin, has seen many patients with vertigo and has seen remarkable results.  Give our office a call if you have any questions or would like to schedule your appointment.

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