Yoga therapy for vertigo

(June 15, 2011)

I get vertigo in lying down position so not able to perform any asanas so kindly let me wheather any remedy is there in yoga therapy.


Vertigo refers to the sensation in which a person feels like everything is spinning around him or her. It is accompanied by a perceived and false sense of movement. A description that is quite commonly given by people is a feeling that the room is constantly whirling with inconceivable and rapidly changing movements. This condition is a sign or a symptom and not a disorder in itself. Vertigo is, therefore, a symptom of a disorder pertaining to balance.

Hearing trouble, vision impairment, and severe headaches are all signs of the onset of a serious attack of vertigo. Before the condition becomes worse, it is important that you consult a doctor to get rid of the vertigo symptoms. To understand the symptoms of vertigo it is essential that you are clear about what it is. The symptom of vertigo that is most prominent is the sensation of your surroundings spinning around you, although there is no actual movement taking place. This can sometimes happen in a mild manner and sometimes it can be so bad that the affected person will be unable to maintain his or her balance. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, problems with walking, inability to maintain balance, erroneous vision, and an inability to concentrate.

The vertigo causes include ear infection, fungus, or blockage in the ear that leads to the inner ear becoming inflamed. There are two major components in the inner ear known as the cochlea and the labyrinth. The labyrinth is the part that is responsible for maintaining balance and regulating itself when there is a change in the surroundings. Experiencing difficulty while standing, walking, or speaking are signs that there is damage to the inner ear. When there is an infection, in which bacteria invade the ear temporarily, the inner ear will come back to a normal state with medication.

Vertigo can also happen because of a head injury. If the injury to the brain is severe there may be hearing impairment which can lead to hearing loss. A severe migraine is another cause of vertigo. Many patients with migraine suffer from a sensation of dizziness and vertigo. It is always advised that people who experience episodes of dizziness ever so often should keep themselves hydrated. When a person doesn’t hydrate sufficiently, there will be a drop in blood pressure and a feeling of lightheadedness or dizziness, which can lead to vertigo.

Vertigo yoga therapy is an effective way to treat vertigo. Practicing yoga for vertigo helps in increasing blood circulation and balance and helps a person suffering from vertigo. Yoga for vertigo patients helps by having a direct impact on the sympathetic nervous system and improves the functioning of the nervous system. If you just want to reduce dizziness, yoga therapy is beneficial too. Some of the effective vertigo yoga poses are Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand), Halasana (Plow pose), Paschimottanasana (Seated forward bend), Savasana (Corpse pose), and Malasana (Garland pose). When taking up yoga therapy for vertigo make sure that your instructor is qualified. To perform the Malasana yoga vertigo pose you should first sit on your haunches with your feet kept together. Your heels and the soles of your feet should be resting on the floor completely. Raise your buttocks off the ground and maintain your balance. Then, widen your knees and thighs and move your torso forward till your armpits go beyond the knees. You should then bend forward and grasp the back part of your ankles. Hold onto your ankles, breathe out, and let your head come down towards the toes. Maintain this pose for a minute while you continue to breathe normally. Breathe in and raise your head, release the grip on your ankles, and relax on the ground. Then breathe out, bend forward, and rest your head on the floor. Stay in this position for 30 to 60 seconds while breathing normally. Then release your hands and relax on the floor. In order to treat vertigo and for yoga to be effective, these poses should be practiced regularly. It is also important that yoga for vertigo is combined with a proper diet. You can get more information regarding yoga and vertigo on the internet.

Practicing some vertigo exercises and physical therapy is another effective treatment that can be performed at home and can help bring relief from the attacks. A simple vertigo exercise you can practice is to sit on your bed with your feet on the ground. Then close your eyes and jerk your body to one side of the bed so that you are lying flat on the bed. Tilt your head up and allow the vertigo to pass. Then return to the sitting position and repeat this on the other side. You should perform this exercise five times in the morning and evening till the vertigo goes away.

In order to get rid of vertigo, you will need to remain calm. Vertigo can cause a lot of discomfort and there are many other exercises that you can practice to obtain relief from this condition. Another way to treat vertigo is with acupuncture which can bring about relaxation and stress reduction and get rid of the headaches and nausea that accompany vertigo. You can get more information on the Internet about vertigo and how it can be triggered by pregnancy, menopause, flying, and after a cruise.

There are also some natural vertigo remedies which include Ginkgo biloba and ginger to cure vertigo. Ginkgo biloba, which is a Chinese herb, is a very effective remedy as it helps increase the flow of blood to the brain and reduces the symptoms that accompany vertigo. Taking ginger during a vertigo attack is known to reduce the symptoms in minutes. When looking for different vertigo cures it is important that you understand the significant role of diet on the condition. Along with the natural remedies for vertigo you should consume a diet that is rich in vitamins and proteins. You should also avoid foods like chocolate, fried foods, salts and alcohol and caffeinated beverages.

Submitted by A on June 15, 2011 at 01:15

Yoga therapy for vertigo 

Vertigo is a type of dizziness in which you feel that the world around you is spinning. It is also many times referred as hallucination of motion. There can be different causes for vertigo including insufficient blood flow to the brain in some heart disease or anemia patients, excess salt in diet, emotional stress, tension, anxiety, lack of sufficient blood flow to the inner ears, infection, skull injury, allergy and neurological disorders which are not too common. The following yoga pose will help you to deal with vertigo. Try malasana, salamba sirsasana, halasana, sanmukhi mudra, paschimottanasana, nadi sodhana pranayama and shavasana. As some asansa like shavasana, halasana can only be performed while lying down you can do that when you feel better or when you don't have any vertigo symptoms.

Malasana – mala means garland in Sanskrit. Squat on the haunches on a yoga mat, with the feet together. Raise seat from floor and balance resting the soles and the feet on the ground. Widen your knees and thighs. Now move the trunk forward and extend armpits beyond knees. Bend in the forward direction and try to catch the ankles (back part). Grip the ankles properly. Exhale. Move the head down towards the toes and rest forehead on them. Breathe normally and hold in this pose till you feel comfortable. Inhale and raise your head, release the grip on ankles and relax on the floor. Exhale, bend forward at the waist and shoulders and rest your head on the floor. While breathing normally, stay in this position for 30-40 seconds or as long as you feel comfortable. Inhale. Lift your head from the floor and come back to the normal position. Release your hand and relax on the floor. Practice this asana along with other asana mentioned above in which you feel comfortable to deal with vertigo. If problem persists then consult a specialist for correct medications and advice. 

Submitted by S M on June 18, 2008 at 07:48

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