See how the Epley Chair can help people who suffer from vertigo.
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Treating Vertigo with the Epley Chair Dr. Travis Stork: Dr. Micheal O’Leary and Dr. Ian Purcell are pioneers in the field of neurology imbalance and are having great success with the Epley chair with patients just like Zee*. And you know vertigo is so common I see it and they’re here all the time. People coming in vomiting, they can’t live a normal life because these symptoms are so severe. So the Epley chair, intriguing, how does that work? Dr. Ian Purcell: The Epley chair is a device that was developed to reposition loose crystal inside the inner ear. These crystals are supposed to be there, they’re microscopic little small rocks. They’re supposed to be attached to the hair cells and they let you know where gravity is. Sometimes these crystals break loose, migrate through the inner ear and the area then become irritated when the crystals rub up against them or move fluid to that area. So the purposed of the Epley chair is to: 1. Diagnose and identify where the crystals are in either ear and where they are in this labyrinth or maze. 2. Allow us to reposition them back into an area where they don’t irritation. Dr. Travis Stork: So quite simply the crystals in the inner ear that allow us to have balance and whatnot become misaligned and this procedure can help realigned them. Dr. Micheal O’Leary: Yes -- rocks in your head and now they’re loose and you’re in trouble. Dr. Travis Stork: Well, I want you all to take a look because Zee just recently had her first treatment. Dr. Micheal O’Leary: Just lay all the way down, good. Zee: When I first came to see Dr. Leary he was just doing some maneuvers with me and he told me if these maneuvers didn’t cure it then I have to go on this Epley chair and I thought what’s this Epley chair is. He said it maneuvers your body to help get this crystals out of your ear -- and like Frankenstein movie and it’s going to spin me around and I’m going to come out there as a great woman with no dizziness. Dr. Micheal O’Leary: So this is kind of, just like a baby rollercoaster goes nice and slow, not too fast. Zee: If this works for me I won’t have to undergo surgery or anything like that so I’m extremely great that way. Dr. Travis Stork: So, Zee it worked? Zee: Yes, well it worked. I’ve only spend three days since I’ve had the chair experience and of course you feel that you have some dizziness right after because you’ve been spin all over the place but today I’m feeling really good. Dr. Travis Stork: And the nice things is you can do the Epley maneuvers without chair, correct? Dr. Micheal O’Leary: Absolutely. Dr. Travis Stork: So I want to try this goggles out and explained to everyone what’s going on with my eyes. Dr. Micheal O’Leary: Yes, you know in darkness now Travis your eyes when you move, your head are going to compensate reflexively just like you were playing on a street on a skate board or skiing and this feels totally natural. But if you look at what those eyes are doing on the set absolutely it looks wild. Dr. Travis Stork: Are they going back and forth? Dr. Micheal O’Leary: They sure are and absolutely color reflexive saccade. If you have that when your head isn’t moving you whole brain says something’s terribly wrong, shut everything down. Almost like a computer closing down. Dr. Travis Stork: And the important thing here is there is treatment but we’re talking about benign positional vertigo here. They are since very serious causes of vertigo, stroke et cetera that you got to rule out before we call it benign. Dr. Micheal O’Leary: You know for you in the ER it is really like a Rolette wheeland that the odds are about the same, 50% of all the folks you’ll see in that ER are this. And if it’s this you don’t have to do any of that workup. It saves big money, big injury to patient sometimes. That other 50%, the black side of the Rolette wheel are a hundred different things it could be just like you said. But to catch this one which is so common a