Vertigo can be defined as a sense of motion while one is stationary. The condition normally originates in the vestibular system of the middle ear but can also but caused by dysfunction in the brain. Because of the severity of the symptoms that can ensue such as nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, excessive sweating and unsteady gait, a person's quality of life can be severely affected.

The treatment of vertigo is focused around the actual cause. Some of the causes include flus, colds, infections and blunt traumas as well as a possible mechanical malfunction of the inner ear involving the little calcium spheres that rotate around the semicircular canals. These spheres might become unequally distributed within the canals leading to vertigo. This common condition is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo and studies tend to support the use of a repositioning maneuver called the Epley Maneuver.

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