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Cawthorne's Head Exercises

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Cawthorne's Head Exercises

These exercises are to be carried out for 15 minutes twice a day, increasing to 30 minutes.

  1. Eye Exercises:
    1. Look up, then down - at first slowly, then quickly - 20 times
    2. Look from one side to the other - at first slowly, then quickly - 20 times
    3. Focus on finger at arm's length moving one foot closer and back again - 20 times
  2. Head Exercises:
    1. Bend head forward then backward with eyes open - slowly, later quickly - 20 times
    2. Turn head from one side to other side - slowly, then quickly - 20 times
    3. As dizziness decreases these exercises should be done with eyes closed.
  3. Sitting:
    1. While sitting shrug shoulders - 20 times
    2. Turn shoulders to right, then to left - 20 times
    3. Bend forward and pick up objects from ground and sit up - 20 times
  4. Standing:
    1. Change from sitting to standing and back again - 20 times with eyes open
    2. Repeat with eyes closed
    3. Throw a small rubber ball from hand to hand above eye level.
    4. Throw ball from hand to hand under one knee
  5. Moving About:
    1. Walk across room with eyes open, then closed - 10 times
    2. Walk up and down a slope with eyes open, then closed - 10 times
    3. Walk up and down steps with eyes open, then closed - 10 times
    4. Any game involving stooping or turning is good

References:

  1. Dix MR.  The rationale and technique of head exercises in the treatment of vertigo. Acta Otorhinolaryngol Belg. 1979;3(3):370-84.