Being able to balance is something many of us take for granted, but issues with balance and dizziness are common after a brain injury. The exact type of problems with balance and dizziness a person will experience after a brain injury will depend on the circumstances, but there are some good general tips and strategies that can make it easier to cope with these issues.
Keeping a balance diary
Different things can trigger an episode of balance problems or dizziness, including environmental factors, such as being surrounded by too many people or loud noises. Keeping a record of where you were and potential triggers that are around you any time you have an issue, can help you to identify anything that could be setting off your balance and dizziness problems. You can then plan your routine to avoid such triggers, or at least be prepared for any issues if those triggers cannot be avoided.
Dealing with anxiety
It is common for people experiencing issues with their balance and dizziness to become anxious about the thought of leaving the house, or entering situations where they might experience a problem. Counselling and cognitive behaviour therapy can both be useful for learning strategies to help you cope with and overcome anxiety, giving you more control over your situation and helping you to accept any limitations you have to live with.
Talking with friends and family can also be helpful, allowing you to share your feelings and potentially allowing them to offer additional support. However, not everyone feels comfortable talking about these issues with their loved ones, which is one reason why professional therapy can be beneficial.
Many people struggling with their balance and dizziness won’t feel like exercising, but avoiding physical activity can actually make your situation worse. Many balance issues are due to damage to the inner ear and inactivity can prevent your body from successfully adapting to this damage, which can lead your balance to improve.
There are various exercises you can do which are specifically designed to help the body adapt to inner ear damage. These are often referred to as “vestibular rehabilitation exercises” after the vestibular organs of the inner ear. Some people also find core strength exercises useful, such as sit-ups, as the core muscles are key to maintaining balance. Others may find stretching and flexibility exercises, such as yoga and Pilates, have a beneficial effect.
Get financial help to access the support you need
If you or a loved one have experienced a brain injury, you may not be able to get all of the help and support you need on the NHS. This is one of the reasons many people choose to pursue brain injury compensation, as it can allow them to pay for extra assistance they need to arrange privately.
An experienced brain injury solicitor will be able to advise you on whether you are likely to be able to make a successful claim and how to go about doing this, helping you to get the support you need.