YouTube has long become the main source for how-to videos. But you wouldn’t expect YouTube videos to help you treat vertigo, right?
If you ever felt like the world is spinning around you, and you haven’t consumed something that would do that to you, it’s likely you’re experiencing vertigo. The dizziness vertigo usually brings is not that easy to live through, so treatment is essential. But in today’s hectic world, who has time to go to the doc to treat something as ordinary as vertigo?
Good thing you can watch YouTube videos to treat that nasty vertigo. A new study reads there are certain videos available on YouTube that could definitely help some of you get rid of the dizziness. Or at least that’s what a research by scientists from the University of Michigan Health System found.
Researchers looked at 3,000 YouTube videos that taught people how to handle vertigo. Experts found 33 vertigo treatment YouTube videos that presented the Epley maneuver. This is a technique that can prevent the dizziness. 64 percent of the 33 Epley maneuver videos were ruled to be accurate when it came to teaching others how to perform the technique.
“One of the questions is, ‘How can you get information out to patients and providers about these treatments?” one of the lead authors told Fox News. “We found there are many videos out there that are readily available with basic search terms. If you just type in vertigo, these come up quickly” said dr. Kevin Kerber.
But only a certain type of vertigo patients can watch the YouTube videos and get something out of it. People with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV could really benefit from learning the Epley maneuver by watching a YouTube video.
“This type of vertigo can be treated easily and quickly with a simple maneuver called the Epley maneuver, but too often, the maneuver isn’t used” explained study author Dr. Kevin Kerber.
The Epley maneuver is easily performed even by a layman. It takes only a few minutes and requires the vertigo patient to stay at the edge of a bed while making a few short, timed movements with his or her head.
So next time you feel the world is about to spin around you and don’t know what to do, go watch a YouTube video.