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Vertigo: Balance Exercises

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Many people experience vertigo. If you have Ménière's disease or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), you may have to deal with vertigo throughout your life. The spinning sensation it causes puts you at risk for falling and can also affect your quality of life if it interferes with your level of activity. You can do exercises at home to help your body get used to the confusing signals that cause your vertigo. Doing these exercises may help you cope with your vertigo.

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Exercises for vertigo often sound very simple. But depending on how bad your vertigo is, you may find them difficult to do. They generally consist of exercises that practice:

  • Maintaining balance while standing still.
  • Maintaining balance while swaying.
  • Maintaining balance while turning.
  • Maintaining balance while walking.
  • Head movements. Head movements are one of the most common triggers of vertigo. Practicing moving your head may help your body learn how to deal with the problems that cause your vertigo.

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People who have vertigo may get help from an exercise program that includes practicing maintaining balance while standing still, turning, swaying, and walking.


If you experience ongoing bouts of vertigo, no matter what the cause, you have a greater risk of losing your balance and falling. The benefits of doing balance exercises may include:

  • Having better balance with less risk of falling and hurting yourself and others.
  • Improving self-confidence and self-esteem. As your balance improves, you may feel more confident that you can get out more and do more with others.

Within a few days to weeks of consistently doing balance exercises, you may notice a decline in vertigo symptoms.

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Having better balance improves your confidence.


Use the following exercises to improve and safeguard your balance. Your vertigo symptoms may improve within a few days to a few weeks.

With each exercise, start out slowly. Over time, you can gradually try to do the exercise for a longer time or do more repetitions. When you first begin, it is important to have someone with you in case you feel you are going to fall. As you progress, you may be able to do some of the exercises on your own.

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You never need help with any of the exercises for balance.


Exercise can be a valuable tool in dealing with vertigo and imbalance. The exercises in this topic are a start. It is also possible to target exercises to your condition. Talk to your doctor about how to do this.


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication DisordersNational Institutes of Health
31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Bethesda, MD 20892-2320
Phone: 1-800-241-1044
TDD: 1-800-241-1055
Fax: (301) 402-0018
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The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, advances research in all aspects of human communication and helps people who have communication disorders. The website has information about hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language.

Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA)
P.O. Box 13305
Portland, OR 97213-0305
Phone: 1-800-837-8428
Phone: (503) 229-7705
Fax: (503) 229-8064
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This organization provides information and support for people with dizziness, balance disorders, and related hearing problems. A quarterly newsletter, fact sheets, booklets, videotapes, a list of other members in your area, and information about centers and doctors specializing in balance disorders are all available to members.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Last RevisedDecember 19, 2012

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