One of the keys to successful neurological rehabilitation is layering different therapies. While one therapy may be beneficial it is usually much better to integrate two or more together. Many places may utilize vision or balance therapy. We integrate both of them together knowing that this provides superior results compared to when they are separated.
One of the ways to tell the health of the brain is to evaluate function. Function can be evaluated in many different ways but two of the best are to measure balance and eye movements.
When either one of these are off it means the brain is not as healthy as it should be. This can be the result of Stroke, Concussion, TBI, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and many other things that negatively impact brain health.
Our balance is composed of information that comes into our brain from what we see, hear, feel, and reflexively sense. When one of these is impacted it can prevent you from having the best balance possible. Normally the two that have the biggest impact are what you see and reflexively sense. If your eyes are receiving bad information you will not have as good of balance as you should.
Reflexive sense is due to the vestibular system. It is most commonly talked about in regards to the inner ear but is much more complex than that as it is at the core of our balance. Any time you move or turn the vestibular system relays that information to your brain to allow you to be stable and in control. If there is damage to this system it can create a wide variety of symptoms ranging from dizziness, neck pain, headaches, nausea, anxiety, poor coordination, and feeling off balance.
Balance therapy is performed independently and concurrently throughout the visits our patients receive.
Vision therapy is much different than making sure you need a prescription or not. An analogy to think about is this, the job of the eye doctor is to make sure you have the best scope possible on the gun. The goal of vision therapy is to make sure the person holding the gun has steady hands. You can have the best scope in the world but if the hands are shaky you will miss your target.
Eye movements are commonly impacted when the brain isn’t as healthy. The eyes area window to the brain and can be used to identify areas that are not working as well as they should.
By providing customized exercises to strengthen the movements that have deficits typically you see a reduction in symptoms.