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Introduction to the Epley maneuver: An effective approach to treating positional vertigo

What is the Epley maneuver?

The Epley maneuver is an effective and widely used method for the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPLS). Developed by Dr. John Epley, this procedure aims to alleviate the symptoms of positional vertigo by rearranging the particles stuck in the inner ear.

How does the Epley maneuver work?

Basic principle

The maneuver is based on moving the head and body through different positions. These movements are intended to help remove the tiny calcium carbonate particles (otoconia) from the semicircular canals of the inner ear.

Performing the maneuver

Although the Epley maneuver is often performed by a doctor or therapist, it can also be performed independently at home. However, it is important to seek medical advice beforehand to ensure that this technique is suitable for the individual case.

The different variants of the Epley maneuver

The standard Epley maneuver

This technique is the most commonly used and involves a series of head movements to move the otoconia.

The modified Epley maneuver

For people who are unable to assume certain positions, the Epley maneuver can be modified to meet their needs.

The Semont maneuver

An alternative method is the Semont maneuver, which can also be helpful but involves different movements.

Frequently asked questions and concerns

How often should the maneuver be performed

The frequency depends on the individual case. Some people experience immediate relief, while others need to perform it several times.

Are there any side effects?

Side effects are rare, but may include short-term dizziness or imbalance.

How long does recovery take?

Recovery varies, but many experience a rapid improvement in their symptoms.


The Epley maneuver is a simple but effective method of treating positional vertigo. It is important to seek medical advice before performing the maneuver yourself.

  1. Can the Epley maneuver be performed safely at home? Yes, it can be performed at home, but it is important to learn it under the guidance of a professional.

  2. How long does it take for the maneuver to take effect? The effect can be immediate, but for some it can take longer.

  3. Can the Epley maneuver help with all types of vertigo? No, it is specific to benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

  4. Does the maneuver have to be performed on both sides? It depends on which side is affected. A doctor can determine this.

  5. Can the maneuver make dizziness worse? There may be a temporary worsening of the dizziness, but this is usually short-lived.