Cawthorne Cooksey exercises

Has anyone else tried cawthorne cooksey balance exercises? They’re not usually prescribed for MAV, but I’ve been doing them for 4 1/2 months now- in case my problem is labyrinthitis/vestibular neuritis. I read that some studies have suggested that some people with MAV have benefitted from them.


I tried these manoeuvres maybe 11 years ago, they were given to my by the Neurologists registrar before my actual diagnosis. I can say that they didn’t help me with my vertigo, in fact I would say it actually wound it up some more which of course was not the plan. I think depending on your current vertiginous symptoms it’s worth keeping in my that movement can be a trigger and these exercises can make things worse. I’m not saying they will definitely make them worse for you but I would be weary of them.

By all means give it a go, just go easy :+1:

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Didn’t seem to be any takers for this one which isn’t too surprising as they aren’t usually prescribed for MAVers. I first came across them on a Menieres website. There doesn’t seem many positive comments elsewhere on this forum. The earliest attempt at VRT and mainly aimed I assume at peripheral conditions such as VN. Noticed they were used as part of a successful VRT trial for VN as follows @Dizzi-Tired

Another paper using Cawthorne Cooksley and the Norre battery technique (whatever that might be) interesting because VM, MAV and migraine are not listed as conditions which may benefit from. Also interesting comments on various drugs and whether or not they aid or inhibit compensation but I think it best to bear in mind they are talking peripheral rather than central.

Kirtane M. V. (1999). Rote of adaptation exercises in clinical practice. Indian journal of otolaryngology and head and neck surgery : official publication of the Association of Otolaryngologists of India , 51 (2), 27–36. Rote of adaptation exercises in clinical practice | SpringerLink

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Try to change from sitting to standing position with eyes open and shut.