As we age, our aging parents can face many challenges. Occasionally, older men and women who appear healthy can also become victims of dizziness or falls. Actually it all happens due to imbalance in the body and this problem keeps increasing with age. So if your parents are also facing physical imbalances, here are some special tips from our experts.
What is a body imbalance
Anyone can have balance problems. This problem increases with age. Dizziness, a feeling of moving around a room or something, can also occur due to an imbalance in the body. There may be fear of falling at times. This pose can occur not only while walking or standing, but also while sitting.
To find out how to deal with this situation, we interviewed Dr. Pramila Sharma, HOD-Physiotherapist at Palas Hospital, Gurgaon.
Why do body imbalance problems occur?
In most cases, the muscles, bones, joints, eyes, and inner ear nerves, heart, and blood vessels are also responsible for body balance. When these systems don’t work properly, you can experience imbalances.
Occasionally, due to medical conditions, there can be problems with body balance. However, most balance problems are caused by problems with the inner ear (vestibular system).
Recognize symptoms of physical imbalance
Movement or dizziness (vertigo)
loss of balance or feeling unsteady
fall or feel a fall
blurred vision for a while
In these ways, you can work with your body’s balance
Vestibular exercises stimulate the vestibular system. This stimulation produces information to be processed by the brain. The purpose of repeating these exercises is for the brain to learn to tolerate and accurately interpret this type of stimulation.
Here are 5 exercises that can help restore balance in the body-
Eye movements can be done in bed or while sitting, up and down, left and right.
2 Eye and head movements can be performed while seated. The shoulders can swing and rotate.
Eyes, head and shoulders can be moved while standing. You can go up and down any slope.
Turn your 4 legs 45 degrees and fold your hands together as a salute. Bend your knees and hips. Keeping your torso straight, touch one hand with the inner thigh on the same side. Return the leg to the starting position and repeat. Do 12 reps on each side.
5 Balance on one leg with the other, knees bent at a 90-degree angle in front of you. Keeping your hands together, clap upwards.
Keep your head straight and lean forward.
Clap your hands under your raised leg.
Repeat for the other leg, 12 times.