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An Overview of the Vestibular System

The vestibular system is key in regulating and maintaining balance – and a major focus of many of the therapy and treatment options we use here at Brain Synergy Institute. Because the vestibular system is directly involved with so many aspects of balance, coordination, and an overall sense of wellbeing, we design our methods and tests around both diagnosing and correcting and damage or imbalances. But what exactly is this all-important vestibular system?

What Does it Do?
The vestibular system is responsible for a number of functions that contribute to your sense of balance and spatial orientation. For instance, the vestibular system helps control and stabilize eye movement, gives us the ability to maintain balance as we stand and walk, and helps us distinguish between whether we are moving or things around us are moving. When the vestibular system is damaged or compromised in some way, it can result in symptoms that include dizziness, vertigo, and hearing loss. ¹ This can occur through injuries, illness, or outside stimuli; anyone who has stepped off a boat or moving platform and had the temporary sensation that they were still moving (a condition known as mal de debarquement) ² has experienced the effects of a lag in the vestibular system. In cases of injury or illness, however, the effects of a poorly functioning vestibular system can be debilitating and significantly impact quality of life.

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