The National Health Service in the United Kingdom advises people to lie still in a quiet, dark room during a vertigo attack to reduce the spinning sensation and symptoms of nausea, and then take the appropriate medication. Common treatments for vertigo are the Epley procedure and Brandt-Daroff exercises.
Salynn Boyles reports on WebMD that a study revealed that 95 percent of patients suffering from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo did not experience any episodes of dizziness after a week of performing a physical therapy regimen called the Epley procedure. This maneuver involves doing four different head movements, with each head position held in place for around 30 seconds, explains the NHS. A person is likely to get relief from vertigo symptoms shortly after performing the maneuver. The Epley procedure is typically not a permanent cure and needs to be repeated. It is important to consult a doctor if the symptoms do not improve after four weeks of doing this procedure.
If the Epley procedure does not work or is not applicable due to neck or back problems, the NHS recommends performing Brandt-Daroff exercises, which are done three to four times a day consecutively for two days. A healthcare professional can teach a person with vertigo how to carry out the exercises.