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Exercises For Meniere’s Disease

Exercises For Meniere’s Disease

Most of the exercises that are related to Meniere’s disease focus on improvement of balance. There are different levels of these exercises and they usually begin with an exercise known as Romberg exercise, and gradually progress to other levels and forms of exercise.

It is advisable to start these exercises for Meniere’s disease very slowly and gradually increase them in duration and repetition. While starting with these exercises it is advisable to have someone with you just in case you feel like losing balance.

It is also a good idea to keep a record of these Meniere’s disease exercises with date and duration of these exercises, and how you felt during or after these exercises. This will help you determine the progress of your Meniere’s disease and help you tell what type of exercise suited you the best.

Exercises For Meniere’s Disease

Except Romberg exercise for Meniere’s disease and exercise 3 in the moving category-

  • Step 1 and 2 are same for all the exercises
  • All exercises should be done with your back at the wall and a chair in front of you
  • This is for you to use if you feel as if you are going to fall

Level 1 Meniere’s Disease Exercises

These are easy exercises for vertigo balance:

Romberg exercise for Meniere’s disease-

  • The first of the exercises is usually the Romberg exercise
  • Initially it is to be done twice a day and afterwards you can attempt to do it with your eyes closed
  • Step 1- In this exercise you stand with your back to a wall and a chair is kept in front of you
  • Step 2- Join the feet together and keep your arms hanging by your side
  • Step 3- Try to hold this pose for 30 sec

Standing sway exercise-

  • This is another one in the level 1 category
  • It is done in 5 steps
  • Step 1 – stand with your back at the wall and a chair in front of you
  • Step 2- keep your feet shoulder-width apart and arms at your side
  • Step 3 – Very gently sway forward and then backward
  • Do this by shifting your weight from toes to the heels, but try not to lift either of them
  • Also, you must not bend our hips
  • Very slowly Increase the distance to which you can sway
  • Try to repeat the sway for min 20 times
  • Standing sway Meniere’s disease exercise- left to right
  • This is also done in 5 steps
  • Step 3- Very gently sway your body from right to the left and the other way round, but take care not to lift your feet or legs
  • Slowly increase the distance to which you can sway
  • Try to repeat the sway for min 20 times

Level 2 Meniere’s Disease Exercises

This level may help in improving the balance and decrease other symptoms that are related to vertigo:

Turning in place-

  • Step 3- Turn half circle to one side and wait for 10 sec or until the dizziness fades away
  • Repeat to the other side
  • Do this for about 5 times
  • Head movements while standing-
  • Move your head up and down for 10 times and side to side for 10 times

Walking Exercises For Meniere’s Disease

Meniere’s Disease Walking Exercise 1-

  • Walk 5 steps and stop abruptly
  • Wait until the dizziness fades away
  • Repeat until to walk about 50 feet

Meniere’s Disease Walking Exercise 2-

  • This combines walking and turning
  • Walk 5 steps, stop and turn around an start walking again
  • Wait until the dizziness fades and then repeat
  • Repeat this for about 5 times

Meniere’s Disease Walking Exercise 3-

  • This should be done only after mastering exercise 2
  • Turn your head left and right while walking every other step
  • Try to do this for about 50 feet
  • Move your head up and down while walking every other step
  • Try to do this for about 50 feet
  • Turn your head as if you are tipping it side to side
  • Try to do this for about 50 feet

Exercises may improve balance in Meniere’s disease and reduce the symptoms if done under proper supervision.


  1. Vestibular Disorders Association: “Exercises for Balance Problems” (Link: https://vestibular.org/article/exercises-balance-problems)
  2. National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD): “Meniere’s Disease” (Link: https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/menieres-disease)
  3. American Hearing Research Foundation: “Meniere’s Disease” (Link: https://www.american-hearing.org/disorders/menieres-disease/)
  4. Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Meniere’s Disease” (Link: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/menieres-disease)

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Last Modified On:July 19, 2023

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