By D & N Associates, Ltd.
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Dizzy from vertigo? Missing too much work? Missing out on your life?
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is caused by microscopic pieces of calcium bouncing around in your inner ears. Vertigo can be treated with drugs that dull the sensations, but drugs don't fix the problem.
The preferred treatment for vertigo is a set of movements (the "Epley Maneuver") you can perform to guide those little calcium particles back into place. Many people find that the Epley Maneuver stops the vertigo attack or at least lessens the intensity.
Doctors and physical therapists teach their patients the Epley Maneuver so that they can treat themselves whenever vertigo strikes.
The Vertigo Help app takes you through each step of the Epley Maneuver. And if you're too dizzy to focus on the words, you can turn on the audio and the app will talk you through each step.
From the Developer: You can find all the information in this app online, and I did that and copied it onto a piece of paper -- which I could never find when I needed it --but my iPhone is always with me. When I have vertigo, I'm sitting in a chair hoping I won't throw up again. I have trouble focusing my eyes because they are rapidly shifting back and forth, so I use the illustrations in this app and the audio turned on to walk me through the steps.
Note: you should only use this app if a medical professional has told you to use the Epley Maneuver.
Note2: This app does not use the accelerometer.
What's New in Version 1.1
Super handy when you really need it.
It's hard to rate an app as a favorite when you use it only when you're miserable. Really, I'd prefer never to need it again. But for me vertigo is an intermittent reality. Just as Dan says, your cell phone is always with you when vertigo strikes, and sometimes I go months in between attacks, forgetting exactly how each step of the Epley maneuvers goes.
Sure, you can dig up more details on Epleys on the Internet, but this app has been a real timesaving reminder each time I've needed it. I use it with a timer app to time each position. For me, 3 minutes in each position works best, and I don't need to sleep in a chair -- but it's not the same for everyone.
Thanks much for the app, Dan. And thanks in advance for the adjustment you plan to make in the next version.
The App Developer responds
1. I have investigated the left ear/right ear comment, and I am sorry that I reversed these. Even though I followed the instructions from my physical therapist, I should have sought other validation. However, no physician or PT has ever told me which ear is the problem, so I experimented with both sets of instructions until I found something that works. I suspect that most people who do the Epley maneuver do the same. Regardless, the directions will be corrected in the next version.
2. The comment about being incomplete is incorrect, probably because all the illustrations could not be shown in the App Store photos, and the app was judged purely on those photos. The app contains all the positions, including the position with the face turned down.
Just a couple pictures -- not worth $1.99
I thought this app would use the accelerometer sensors to guide you through the Epley maneuver, but it just a couple pictures that are not as good as the info you can get for free on Wikipedia. Would like to get a refund.
- Category: Medical
- Updated: Nov 20, 2010
- Version: 1.1
- Size: 8.4 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: D & N Associates, Ltd.
- © D & N Associates, Ltd.
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.