What is Imbalance?
Imbalance is the condition of feeling unstable or dizzy when standing, sitting, or lying down. Proper balance is complex and involves neural coordination between the visual, muscular, and vestibular systems.
The vestibular system is located within the inner ear and provides balance and spatial awareness. It contains five organs that sense different types of movement. These organs send information to the cerebellum for processing. Based on the information received, the cerebellum synchronizes motor movements to sustain balance and posture. A healthy vestibular system is essential for proper stability concerning the daily changes in our spatial orientation.
The cerebellum is the most significant part of the brain and consists of four lobes. These lobes are frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital. The frontal lobe is responsible for motor function. The temporal lobe controls memory, hearing, understanding speech, and the ability to distinguish between sounds and smells. The parietal lobe involves movement, orientation, and sensory comprehension. The occipital lobe supports the processing of visual stimuli. Each of these lobes has distinct functions and often intersects with each other. Although the frontal lobe directs motion, the cerebellum manages fine motor maneuvering, overall balance, and limb position.
What causes Balance Problems?
There is a multitude of interconnected components within the balance system that may cause complications with stability. The sources of imbalance can be grouped into three main categories: damage to the central nervous system, trauma to the inner ear or brain, and other causes.
Damage to the central nervous system includes traumatic brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, seizures, Parkinson’s disease, or any condition that decreases blood flow to the brain, causing cognitive impairment. In addition, diseases that affect the proper functioning of the central nervous system could also cause imbalance issues. These conditions include diabetes, congestive heart failure, anemia, arrhythmia, and thyroid disorders.
Trauma to the inner ear or cranium includes viral or bacterial infections, blood circulation disorders, and migraines. It also consists of benign positional vertigo and traumatic internal ear dysfunction caused by falls or whiplash.
Other causes of imbalance are adverse medication reactions, vestibular neuronitis, labyrinthitis, Meniere’s disease, perilymph fistula, and aging. Vestibular neuronitis is the inflammation of the vestibular nerve located within the ear which relays information regarding motion and position. Labyrinthitis is inflammation of the inner ear nerves that connect to the brain, which causes dizziness and loss of balance. Menier’s disease is an internal ear disorder that creates vertigo symptoms. Perilymph fistula occurs when inner ear fluid leaks into the middle ear causing mobile instability.
What are the symptoms?
The symptoms of imbalance include blurred vision, dizziness, fear, panic, anxiety, confusion, and disorientation. Other symptoms include lightheadedness, faintness, or feelings of floating.
How are Balance Problems treated?
Depending on the cause and severity, imbalance treatment may include medications, therapy, or surgery. Vestibular rehabilitation helps to compensate for instability, adapt to less balance, and maintain physical activity. Positioning procedures clear particles from the inner ear and transports them to different ear areas. Diet and lifestyle changes can ease imbalance symptoms by avoiding or limiting the dietary triggers that cause them.
Studies have shown that cognitive processes affect the vestibular system, which includes visuospatial ability, memory, and attention. Based on these findings, cognitive impairment correlates to increased dizziness and instability. Balance issues resulting from cognitive impairment may be reduced or eliminated once the underlying cause is identified and treated.
How can Brain Frequency™ help?
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Those suffering from balance problems can efficiently and effectively treat their issues using the Brain Frequency™ AI system. Our innovative system drastically reduces the time needed to properly diagnose and construct treatment plans leading to a faster recovery and greater quality of life.
Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
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