As of April 2015, patients can find a handout for performing the Epley maneuver at home through the website of the Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance Center. The Epley maneuver treats benign paroxysmal positioning vertigo, a condition that occurs when loose inner-ear crystals migrate while someone sleeps.
The color diagram shows how to perform the Epley maneuver if it occurs in the right or left ear, notes the Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance Center. For the left ear, patients begin the Epley maneuver by sitting on the bed and turning the head 45 degrees to left. Individuals then lie down quickly with shoulders on the pillow and the head reclined onto the bed. This occurs while the head remains at the 45-degree angle. Patients hold this pose for 30 seconds.
The next step involves turning the head to the right 90 degrees without raising it, says the Tampa Bay Hearing & Balance Center. The person then waits another 30 seconds before turning the head and body another 90 degrees to the right. The person's face turns downward into the bed, and is held for 30 seconds, for the last portion of the Epley maneuver. These steps are reversed for someone with problems in the right ear.
Ideally, a trained doctor performs the Epley maneuver on a patient while the person is in the doctor's office, according to American Family Physician. The patient sits up after completing the Epley maneuver, and individuals repeat the process until the vertigo dissipates.