How Good Is Your Balance?
Balance is one of the most crucial functions in the human brain. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), falls are the leading cause of injury and death in older Americans. In the United States, an older adult falls every second.
Although the fall itself may not be fatal, oftentimes it may lead to a broken bone or head injury. More than 95 percent of hip fractures in the older population occur because of falling. Something that can help with fall prevention is training your brain and body to have good balance.
Balance is a critical component of the human body that gives us the ability to feel steady when we are moving or standing still. Balance requires multiple areas of the body to function properly in order to maintain steadiness. If any of these areas are not functioning up to par it can lead to a wide variety of balance disorders and symptoms.
One of the most common reasons older adults go to a doctor’s office is due to balance disorders.
Balance disorders have many different signs and symptoms that can lead to a decrease in quality of life. Some signs and symptoms of balance disorders include: feeling uneasy when walking, dizziness, frequent tripping or stubbing toes, running into walls or furniture, vertigo, hearing loss, blurred vision, light headedness when standing up too quickly, and fainting, to name a few. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you may be developing a balance disorder.
Having balance disorders can be a nightmare, but there are many different treatment options that are available to help improve balance. By treating the four areas of the brain that control balance, we can improve balance disorders that hinder people from performing simple tasks.
In the next blog I will discuss the four areas of the body that control balance, and some simple things you can to do at home that can help improve balance.