It’s easy to take the vestibular system for granted. Depending on your age or ability level, you likely don’t think twice about sitting up straight, walking around, or standing. While these processes may seem effortless, your brain is constantly working to keep your vestibular system functioning correctly. The balance system is complex, but our expert neurologist at Nassau Suffolk Neurology has a thorough understanding of this system and its unique components. Continue reading to discover why the brain is essential for balance.
Your brain functions a lot like a factory, with several systems working and serving a unique purpose to keep you moving throughout the world. The balance system engages several areas of your brain, but the main area of the brain that controls balance is the cerebellum. Located at the very back of your skull, the cerebellum controls functions such as movement, posture, speech, and balance. Several other parts of your brain also contribute to balance, including the vestibular system. Located in your inner ear, the vestibular system provides the brain with information on things like sudden movements, motion, and head position. This helps maintain balance by ensuring your brain processes the body’s position whenever it changes. Balance is achieved and supported by a set of control systems that include:
Information from all these areas is sent to the brain stem and controls balance using the information applicable to a particular environmental situation. If you feel off-balance, one of these critical systems may not be working properly. The aging process, injury, medications, and disease can affect one or more of these control systems and impair your sense of balance. Nassau Suffolk Neurology can evaluate the cause of your balance issues and determine the appropriate treatment to improve how your body uses all of these systems together.
At Nassau Suffolk Neurology, we specialize in diagnosing vestibular disorders. Our dedicated staff can evaluate your balance issues and determine the best course of action to relieve your symptoms and restore your balance. Be sure to contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more!