Do you walk slowly? Struggle to make sharp turns? Or, aren’t as confident in your steadiness on your own two feet? When navigating new environments, do you find yourself focused, looking for holds to support you? At night, do you have a tough time maneuvering in the dark? These all signify that you may have a problem with balance.
To understand why a patient may experience balance problems or dizziness, we must first understand the vestibular system.
The vestibular system is the integrated sensory system responsible for balance and spatial awareness. The vestibular system reacts to both internal and externally directed movement. It is responsible for head and neck positioning, communicating proprioception to the brain and body, balance, etc.
Simply put, without a properly functioning vestibular system, it is impossible for your body to know where it is in space. This can negatively affect eye movements, cervical function, autonomic nervous system function, and sensory integration which can create the plethora of symptoms described above.
Patients commonly experience vestibular dysfunction after a brain injury and in association with dysautonomia.
After being diagnosed with a vestibular disorder, it is common to undergo generalized vestibular rehabilitation or in the case of vestibular migraine, be prescribed medication. Upon discharge, patients may still be experiencing symptoms. This is when consulting a specialist like Dr. Keiser may be beneficial.
Work to understand a patient’s strengths, the root of their brain dysfunction, and gauge their stamina through a comprehensive clinical exam. Using the latest in diagnostic technology, we consider each component of a patient’s nervous system in isolation -- vision, proprioception, autonomic, etc. and how they integrate together.
This extra step often leads to a more precise solution.
Develop a customized treatment program informed by these findings. Our approach takes advantage of the central nervous system’s ability to be plastic, to change constructively over time. This allows us to improve brain function through non-invasive, non-pharmacological means
Frequently re-assess and adapt as needed to ensure the best results
“Today, after I got home, was the first time I remember in nearly 2 years that I did not feel nauseous. I am so thankful for how Dr. Keiser has helped me!”
At Nathan Keiser Chiropractic Neurology, we believe that with this individualized, functional approach, every patient can make improvements.
If you feel like you have already tried everything and are stuck, don't feel alone. Many of our best recovery stories start this way. Our team is dedicated to helping every patient achieve their goals.