Dr. Carol Foster of the University of Colorado School of Medicine said vertigo is caused when gravity particles in your inner ear become misplaced, knocking your sense of space out of whack.
“The spinning that people call spinners when they’ve had too much alcohol is a feeling of rotating and revolving,” Foster said. Vertigo “is several times faster. So very fast you can’t recognize things in the room.”
Foster has designed a simple maneuver to treat vertigo without medication. It involves the patient simply putting their head in an upside down position and then moving back upright first half way, then all the way.
The effect can create a spinning sensation that moves from side to side or up and down. Other types of vertigo make the patient feel as if they are falling.