Vertigo – Cawthorne Cooksey Exercises

What are Cawthorne- Cooksey Exercises?


The balance parts of the two ears complement each other by sending
equal impulses to the brain which are essential for the maintenance
of equilibrium of the head and body. If either or both balance centres
are damaged, equilibrium is upset. The result of this is vertigo or
giddiness, which may be accompanied by nausea and vomiting.
Although this condition may be very frightening it is not serious, in
that it does not, in itself, threaten life. Cawthorne-Cooksey exercises
are special exercises that can, in many cases, overcome the
difficulties experienced with the disequilibrium. The purpose of these
exercises is to build up a tolerance mechanism and the more
diligently and regularly they are carried out, the sooner the
symptoms will disappear


How to use the exercises?


1. The exercises should be performed for approximately 10 minutes
twice daily.
2. You should perform the exercises daily for maximal benefit.
3. Do not overdo the exercises. If symptoms become too severe, take
a break.
4. Begin with exercise 1. Work your way down the exercises within the
10 minutes.
5. Should an exercise make you feel off balance, dizzy or unstable,
practice this exercise for the remainder of the 10 minutes.
6. Perform the exercises as directed above on each occasion. Do not
proceed with the other exercises until you are able to comfortably do
the exercise in question without symptoms.
7. Follow the above until you are able to perform all exercises and
keep active on the long term.
8. Try to incorporate some of the principles in your everyday life if
9. You could restart exercises if your symptoms ever return




Exercise set 1 – In bed or sitting:
1.Eye movements – Start slowly and then move quicker
a. Up and down
b. From side to side
c. Focusing on finger moving from 60cm to 30cm away from face
2.Head movements – Start slowly and then move quicker. Later try
with eyes closed.
a. Bending forward and backward
b. Turning from side to side.
Exercise set 2 – Sitting:
1. Eye movements and head movements as above
2. Shoulder shrugging and circling
3. Bending forward and picking up objects from the ground
Exercise set 3 – Standing:
1.Eye, head and shoulder movements as above
2.Changing from sitting to standing position with eyes open and shut
3.Throwing a small ball from hand to hand above eye level
4.Throwing a small ball from hand to hand under the knee
5.Changing from sitting to standing and turning around in between

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