December 7, 2022

Balance problems? Three signs it could be ‘in your head’

4 min read

As we get older – balance problems tend to creep up on us. Everything from poor vision to weak muscles to stiff joints can have an impact on how steady we are on our feet. Activities like Yoga and Tai Chi are great for improving balance because they help you to focus and become more aware of how your body is moving. Having a strong core and leg muscles are also key.

But what if you’ve been working on all of these areas and your balance still hasn’t improved?

There’s one other huge contributor to balance and it’s called your vestibular system. It’s one of our three major balance systems and it’s located in your inner ear – literally in your head. Your vestibular system is responsible for sensing movement and changes in your head position and when it’s not working properly, it will definitely impact your balance.

How do you know if your vestibular system is dysfunctional?

One of the most tell-tale signs is dizziness, commonly known as “vertigo”, and it’s more common than most people think. Approximately 35% (that’s 69 million) of adults over the age of 40 have experienced some form of vestibular dysfunction. This number gets even higher as we age and recurrence becomes more common with 80% of people over the age of 65. It doesn’t matter how strong you are, or how many times you practice standing on one leg – if your unsteadiness is from vertigo – you remain at a high risk of falling until you get this sorted out. Vertigo is no fun and it can be extremely debilitating. While medication can be used to reduce the sensation of dizziness, it tends to only mask the symptoms. When the medication is stopped many people are faced with the same symptoms they started with.

https://www.seacoastonline.com/story/lifestyle/health-fitness/2022/09/24/health-and-wellness-balance-problems-three-signs-could-in-your-head/8081763001/

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