What is Really Causing Your Balance Problems

Do you ever have difficulty walking or maintaining your balance? Are you afraid of falling if you don’t have something to hold onto? Have you noticed that your stance is wider than it was? If you close your eyes, are you unable to stand without swaying or falling?

If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, you have a balance issue which is a warning sign of compromised brain health.  Three main systems govern your balance: feedback from the muscles and joints of your extremities, your vestibular system (inner ear), and your cerebellar cortex. In this post, I will direct our focus to the cerebellum.

  Located at the base of the brain, this area is primarily responsible for precision, coordination and timing aspects of motor movements and cognitive processes. The health of the cerebellum is extremely important as it provides a constant flow of information to other areas of the brain, which is vital for proper brain function.

When cerebellar function begins to decline we see problems in our balance, changes in cognitive and motor performance, and disturbances in other body functions. This also disrupts the constant flow of information from this area to other brain regions. This can, in turn, cause problems in other areas of the brain leading to seemingly unrelated symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue, restless leg syndrome, movement disorders, depression, and many other conditions.

Therefore, changes in balance and coordination of movement are carefully evaluated by a healthcare professional. Recognizing these potential signs of poor brain function may help find and stop long-term neurodegenerative conditions down the road.

Dr. Joseph M. Little
August 30, 2017

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. David Hardy, Dr. Joseph Little, Chiropractic Physicians

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15 Smart Strategies to Reduce the Negativity in Your Life

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The world is full of nice people.  If you can’t find one, be one! [Click to Tweet]

We are all faced with challenging events and people throughout our day that can leave one feeling defeated, angered and stressed out. How we choose to deal with those moments will make all the difference in the world to you and everyone around you. I chose to start seeing my stresses and problems as conquerable challenges from which I can learn. I choose to focus on being a better person that I was yesterday.  I choose to laugh at myself and remind myself that we all make mistakes and that I’ll never be perfect!   Instead of focusing on the bad things, I want to recognize, appreciate and be grateful for all the good things in my life.  I’m working on living with intention, finding my purpose and inspiring and supporting those around me to do the same.
Identifying your negative thinking is the first step towards letting it go. I have come up with some strategies that have helped me deal with my own negativity and that of others. I am more mindful of my thoughts and when dealing with other’s negative thoughts and opinions I am more mindful of my reactions.  I know that by dealing with my own negativity I am better for all of those who are in my life.
Below are a few effective strategies to rejuvenate yourself when you just need to refocus on what is important to you in your life.
  1. Get plenty of sleep, exercise for at least 30 minutes a day and keep up a healthy diet.
  2. Think one small positive thought in the morning and change your whole day! There is power in positive thinking.
  3. Wherever you go, be all there. Be mindful of those moments instead of trying to control each moment and moment to come. Live each moment with intention knowing you have a purpose for being in that moment.
  4. Invest in the important relationships in your life. Do one kind gesture a day.
  5. Take a hot bath at least once a week for 20 minutes. Add a handful of Epson salts, 10 drops of Lavender oil and a half cup of baking soda.  There is not much a hot bath can’t solve.
  6. Say “I can!” Instead of “I can’t”. “The mind is everything.  What you think you become” -Buddha
  7. Look for the good in the experience even if it takes a while.
  8. Do something nice for someone. Help someone.  It will take your mind off of things and you’ll feel better.
  9. Have gratitude. Be thankful for all the good in your life. Make a list of 5 things for which you are grateful.
  10. Tap into your Spirituality. Pray and pray some more and/or meditate.
  11. Add humor to a sticky situation. Life is too short to sweat the small stuff.
  12. Take a deep breath and let it go. Whether for the moment or a lifetime. Walk away for a bit.
  13. Read a good book – one that you may get lost in for a while.
  14. Do more Yoga. Of course I was going to say that!  In order to lead a happy life one MUST balance mind, body and soul.
  15. Most importantly, if you can’t find a happy person in the room, BE ONE!
You can certainly make the world a better place by working on yourself and the space you create.   Tap into your compassion! [Click to Tweet]  Compliment, be that positive person in someone’s day, listen, hug and don’t forget to smile.  If all else fails, walk away, knowing that you are in control of your own happiness and that you choose not to take part in negative behavior.
What are some of the ways you overcome the negativity in your life?
Joy Vale
Patient Care Coordinator
July 29, 2015
www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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10 Ways to Know if You Are Watching Too Much TV

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6 Tips to Kick Your TV/Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Habit

TV programming is not the same as it was.  That is not to say that it is better or worse.  There is just a lot more of it!  You can watch it live, record it on your DVR, stream it, or watch almost any show from services like Hulu and Amazon or network-special programming from HBO and Netflix.  How do you know if you are watching too much?
Watching TV these days is like eating Thanksgiving dinner. There is so much to choose from that even if you watch just 1 show on each network, you are spending a lot of time in front of some sort of screen.  I would love to say that this has never been a problem for me but that would be just silly.  Who doesn’t like The Good Wife, or House of Cards, or Breaking Bad, or Orange is the New Black?  I also watch true crime shows, like Dateline or 20/20 and, of course, every Ohio State Buckeye football game.  You might be thinking – wait – I watch a lot more than that!  Is she saying that this list is too much?  No, I’m not saying that.  What I am saying is that each person’s needs to balance their TV viewing habit with their lifestyle and their health!

So, how do you know how much is too much for you?

  1. Are you regularly missing family activities or events?
  2. Are you choosing one of your programs over sleep?
  3. Do you always choose to watch TV over that great book that “everyone” has told you to read?
  4. Are you choosing TV over spending time with a friend in need?
  5. Are you choosing TV over exercise most of the time?
  6. Are you choosing to watch TV while your to-do list at home gets longer and longer?
  7. Do you consider watching TV as quality time with your kids?
  8. Are you watching TV and not keeping your mind active/learning something new?
  9. Is watching TV usually the only activity you are doing in bed with your spouse?
  10. Are you watching TV and not spending time outdoors?
So, how did you do?   Did you answer yes to more than 2 of these questions?  If so, you might want to consider some of these ideas to balance your life, health and relationships with your TV-viewing habits:
In the last few years, I have greatly reduced the amount of time I watch TV using some of these strategies.  It has improved my life in general, my health and my relationships.  It was hard in the beginning like any new habit but now, I can’t imagine where I found the time to watch so much TV.    All of that being said, I will tell you that almost NOTHING, none of the items listed above, would keep me from watching my Ohio State Buckeyes come football season.
So, has TV ever “controlled” your life?  What did you do about it?
Caroline Boardman
July 22, 2015
www.balancingyourchemistry.com
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
To make an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/social-issues/too-much-tv-can-raise-the-risk-of-alzheimers-new-study-suggests/2015/07/20/7dcdc4cc-2eea-11e5-97ae-30a30cca95d7_story.html
[2] http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2015/03/06/spending-time-outdoors.aspx
[3] http://www.onlymyhealth.com/how-important-physical-intimacy-in-relationship-1307596226