A doctor or a therapist can teach a patient to safely use the Epley maneuver at home, according to WebMD. The technique is used to treat the dizziness and spinning sensation associated with vertigo.
The most common cause of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, WebMD states. Small crystals of calcium break free in the inner ear. In this case, vertigo is most common when tilting the head or climbing in or out of bed. The Epley maneuver helps shift the crystals out of the inner ear.
About 90 percent of BPPV suffers obtain immediate relief from vertigo with the Epley maneuver, the Merck Manual explains, and 5 percent more obtain relief after repeated maneuvers. Surgery is needed in a limited number of cases.