Symptoms include loss of balance, feeling sick or being sick and dizziness, which can last between a few seconds and several days.
It’s commonly caused by a problem with the way balance works in the inner ear, but the feeling can be so severe that it can be difficult for people to keep their balance and do everyday tasks.
Treatment available ranges from medicines to vestibular rehabilitation training (VRT), but one doctor in America is revered among vertigo sufferers for her solution.
Treating dizziness: Dr Foster has become recognised worldwide for her vertigo treatment
The first step to conquering dizziness, is to tip your head up to look at the ceiling
The first step to conquering dizziness, is to tip your head up to look at the ceiling.
Next, put your head upside down like you’re going to do a somersault, and then turn your head to face your left elbow.
Wait for dizziness to end then raise your head to back level. Again, what for dizziness to end then sit back quickly.
Treating dizziness: Put your head upside down like you’re going to do a somersault
Speaking to CBS Denver, Dr Foster said: “I hear from people in Poland, and then Saudi Arabia and in Paris – it’s so gratifying to get their feedback and have them say ‘hey I was so ill and now I’m well.”
According to the NHS, causes of vertigo include migraines – severe headaches – labyrinthitis – an inner ear infection – and vestibular neuronitis – inflammation of the vestibular nerve, which runs into the inner ear and send messages to the brain that help to control balance.
You should see your GP if you have persistent signs of vertigo or it keeps coming back.
Treating dizziness: Wait for dizziness to end then raise your head to back level
The warning came in a study that suggested that orthostatic hypotension – low blood pressure experienced when suddenly standing – is associated with a 15 per cent increase in a person’s long-term risk of dementia and diseases that cause it, such as Alzheimer’s.
The findings, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, are from a 24-year study of more than 6,000 people by Dutch scientists.
Orthostatic hypotension is known to cause a condition called transient cerebral hypo perfusion – brief episodes of reduced blood flow to the brain.