Balance Training

A balance disorder is a disturbance that causes an individual to feel unsteady, giddy, woozy, or have a sensation of movement, spinning, or floating. Balance is the result of a number of body systems working together. Specifically, in order to achieve balance the eyes (visual system), ears (vestibular system) and the body's sense of where it is in space (proprioception) need to be intact. Also the brain, which compiles this information, needs to be functioning normally. Disordered Balance Problems with balance occur whenever there is a disruption in any of the vestibular, visual, proprioceptive or cognitive systems. Symptoms of a balance disorder may include dizziness, vertigo (spinning), disequilibrium (off balance and falls), pre-syncope (light headedness). Abnormalities in balance function may indicate a wide range of pathologies from causes like low blood pressure to stroke or brain tumors. Many different terms are often used to describe what is collectively known as dizziness. Common descriptions include words such as lightheaded, floating, woozy, giddy, confused, helpless or fuzzy. Vertigo, Disequilibrium and Pre-syncope are the terms in use by most doctors. Vertigo is a specific medical term used to describe the sensation of spinning or having the room spin about you. Most people find vertigo very disturbing and report associated nausea and vomiting. Disequilibrium is the sensation of being off balance, and is most often characterized by frequent falls in a specific direction. This condition is not often associated with nausea or vomiting. Pre-syncope is most often described as lightheaded or feeling faint. Syncope, by contrast, is actually fainting. For additional information about balance training please contact CORE Services, Inc. at 314-647-4880.