Vertigo & Acupressure

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Acupressure points that affect the inner ear can help with vertigo and dizzy spells. Stop attacks of vertigo with the help of an acupuncture physician in this free video.

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Hi, I'm Hilary Talbott, acupuncture physician and clinical herbalist. Today, we will be discussing using acupressure to ameliorate the effects of vertigo. Now if you've ever had vertigo you can you know that it's a debilitating state to be in. The room is spinning, you feel nauseas, you want to throw up. It's an awful place to be in in your body. And sometimes it strikes at inopportune times. A lot of times it will strike in the morning when you are first getting out of bed. So I'm going to show you today some points that you can do on yourself as you are beginning to awake before you start your day to hopefully prevent a vertigo attack from setting in. So because vertigo has to do with the balance of the inner ear, what you are going to do is you are going to take your pointer finger and your middle finger and you are just going to bring it up into the hollow spot behind the ear. And gently to moderately massage that area to try and break up any crystals that might be there. And you can do this in both ears but especially the ear that is affected if you can tell which one is off causing you your discomfort. After you do that for awhile take a couple of deep breaths and then you can come to the feet. The feet are really good because points on the feet tend to be grounding especially this one here kidney one. So if you know that there is without a doubt a stress component to your vertigo this is one that you definitely want to use. And it's located just under the bottom of the ball of the foot here. And you want to use firm pressure so a lot of times I'll use my thumb on the other side of the foot to really grasp in there and massage. And again taking some nice deep breaths trying to center yourself is also helpful when you are experiencing a vertigo attack. And then the other point is located on the ankle, bladder 60. It's on the lateral side of the ankle just behind the malleolus which is this big boney part right here in a hollow. And you kind of just search around until your finger falls in that hollow and you can use the pressure with the pad of your finger. Or you can actually grab with two fingers the Achilles tendon and get a little bit of a better grip on this point and kind of pulse back and forth about 10 times. And you want to repeat that probably five to six times before getting out of bed. And again taking some nice deep breaths. And with vertigo it's important to get up slowly because sometimes your attacks can be triggered by sitting up too quickly. So if you know which side it is, turn to that side. If you don't turn over on your right side and begin to lift your body up slowly with your head coming up first. Put your feet on the ground take a few deep breaths before you attempt to walk. I'm Hilary Talbott and that was acupressure for vertigo.

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