Vertigo Relief: How to Do Cawthorne Head Exercises

Vertigo Relief: How to Do Cawthorne Head Exercises

Cawthorners are famous for their head exercise routine. They have been doing it since they were little kids. However, there are some things that you need to know before you start your own routine.

You will learn what these things are and how to get rid of them so that you don’t experience any problems when doing the exercises.

What Are Vertigo Exercises?

The word “exercise” means different things to different people. Some people think that exercising is just running around in circles while others consider it as being active like walking or even swimming. For us, exercise refers to the practice of moving one’s body in order to improve health and fitness. There are many types of exercises that you can perform such as stretching, jumping, lifting weights and much more.

There are two kinds of exercises that you can perform to reduce the symptoms of vertigo. These are called cawthorning and cooksey maneuvers. Both of these exercises involve performing certain movements in the head which helps prevent dizziness.

However, there is no way to completely eliminate all symptoms from vertigo without using both techniques together.

Who Are The Cawthorners?

The Cawthorners were a tribe of people who lived in the area now known as West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. They were known for their skill in hunting and farming. The word “cawthorn” is an Anglicized corruption of the Native American word “Kanhta” which means “hunter.” These people are also related to the Shawnee tribe of Native Americans. The Cawthonlers were forced to abandon their villages between 1794 and 1802 due to a series of treaties and land sales. During this period of time many of the tribe members died of diseases such as smallpox that were brought over by European settlers.

This tribe had a complex system of communicating with each other using a series of high and low whistles. They also had their own written language which was used to record important events. The Cawthonlers came to use the English language when interacting with European settlers.

Many of them also were assimilated into the general European American population.

The Cawthonler language is considered to be a lost language. There are no remaining written records in the Cawthonler language and only a very few people still know how to speak it. Those who do are often aged members of the tribe.

The Cawthonler tribe no longer exists as a distinguishable people within the United States due to language extinction and intermarriage.

Who Is Bill Cooksey?

After reading about the Cawthonlers, you may be wondering who in the world is Bill Cooksey?

Well, he is a man who was instrumental in bringing the benefits of the Cawthonler exercises to the rest of the world. He never knew that the Cawthonler tribe existed until he was an adult. He discovered these exercises by reading a recently published book written by an anthropologist about the Native American tribes of Pennsylvania. It was then that he learned of their unique form of exercise and learned of how they had benefited from practicing it. Fortunately he didn’t let the fact that the tribe no longer exists prevent him from learning about these exercises and passing them on to others.

Bill Cooksey is an American physician who is probably most well known for his research on exercise and the medical problems that can result from a sedentary lifestyle. He has contributed much to our knowledge of such subjects. Along with this he founded the National Exercise-induced Asthma (Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction or EIB) Foundation in 1993 and serves as its director.

This organization is dedicated to raising awareness of exercise-induced asthma and also to finding ways to prevent and treat it.

You can learn more about Bill Cooksey by visiting the National Library of Medicine’s bio page on him.

How To Do The Cawthorning Maneuver

Now that you have an understanding of the history and background of these unique exercises, let’s get down to doing them. The first exercise is called the cawthorning maneuver. The word “cawthorning” is a portmanteau of the words “cat” and “throat.” This is because this unique exercise was originally used by the Cawthonler tribe to expand the range of certain vocal sounds that can be made by a human using only the throat and diaphragm.

We’ll get to why you might want to do this later on.

Cawthorning is a form of forced expiration. This means you are trying to force air out your vocal cords while they are tightly closed. This is different than normal speech or singing as in those activities the vocal cords are open and a stream of air is flowing through them.

The difference in how you accomplish this forced expiration is very important.

You can do the cawthorning maneuver by sitting up straight and placing your hands on your stomach. Next, exhale all of the air out of your lungs and close your mouth completely.

Sources & references used in this article:

Treatment of the vertiginous patient using Cawthorne’s vestibular exercises by HC Hecker, CO Haug, JW Herndon – The Laryngoscope, 1974 – Wiley Online Library

Efficacy of a home-based exercise program on benign paroxysmal positional vertigo compared with betahistine by DG Kulcu, B Yanik, S Boynukalin… – … -Head and Neck Surgery, 2008 – researchgate.net

The rationale and technique of head exercises in the treatment of vertigo. by MR Dix – Acta Oto-rhino-laryngologica Belgica, 1979 – europepmc.org