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Regaining Stability After Disequilibrium - Vestibular Therapy

Regaining Stability After Disequilibrium - Vestibular Therapy

Today we get to meet one our our patients who had been experiencing disequilibrium for 14 weeks after a car wreck. She had visited the neurologist and ENT with no success, but then came to Sharik's office. Here's what she had to say after only three days with the Rezzimax Tuner and blue glasses:

She was ecstatic about being able to reclaim her independence and walk without assistance! Now, let's jump forward three weeks and see how she's doing:

Just listening to the difference in her voice between the two videos, you can hear that she's happier! 

What is Disequilibrium?

Trying to describe the sensation of Disequilibrium is a lot like attempting to communicate how salt tastes to someone who has never placed it on their tongue- it's hard to describe, but easier to identify through experience. Some say that disequilibrium is like floating, or even a sensation that the floor is tilted. It can show up at any age, but is usually more common among the elderly, as their vestibular abilities begin to deteriorate. 

Causes of Medical Disequilibrium

  1. Inner Ear Disorders: The inner ear plays a crucial role in maintaining balance. Conditions such as Ménière’s disease, vestibular neuritis, and benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) can disrupt inner ear function, leading to disequilibrium.

  2. Neurological Conditions: Diseases that affect the nervous system, such as Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS), and stroke, can impair balance. These conditions interfere with the brain’s ability to process sensory information, causing unsteadiness.

  3. Medication Side Effects: Certain medications, especially those affecting the central nervous system, can cause dizziness and balance problems. Antidepressants, antihypertensives, and sedatives are common culprits.

  4. Visual and Musculoskeletal Issues: Poor vision or musculoskeletal problems can contribute to a sense of imbalance. Conditions like cataracts or muscle weakness can impair coordination and stability.

Symptoms of Disequilibrium

  • Unsteadiness or a sense of floating
  • Difficulty walking straight
  • Frequent falls or near-falls
  • Lightheadedness
  • Blurred vision or difficulty focusing

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing medical disequilibrium involves a thorough medical history and a physical examination. Your doctor might use tests such as electronystagmography (ENG), MRI scans, and blood tests to identify underlying causes.

Treatment Options

  1. Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT): This specialized form of physical therapy focuses on improving balance and reducing dizziness. Exercises focus on retraining the brain to compensate for inner ear deficits.

  2. Medications: Depending on the cause, medications such as antiemetics, antihistamines, or benzodiazepines may be prescribed to manage symptoms.

  3. Lifestyle Modifications: Simple changes, such as improving home safety to prevent falls, using assistive devices, and practicing balance exercises, can help manage disequilibrium.

  4. Surgical Interventions: In severe cases, surgery may be required to address underlying issues, such as removing a benign tumor affecting balance or correcting inner ear abnormalities.

  5. Resonance Therapy: Using tools such as the Rezzimax Tuner to stimulate the vagus nerve has been therapeutic for many of our patients struggling to maintain balance

Do you or someone you love struggle with maintaining your balance? We think you'll see a great improvement in the quality of life with regular sessions with the Rezzmax Tuner. Order yours now and try it for 60 days- if you're not 100% satisfied, return it for your money back! 

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