Senior Balance Exercises For Cruises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Many times after completing a cruise, older adults experience dizziness and balance problems that can be helped by practicing senior balance exercises. Please see more information at Being dizzy and off balanced after a cruise has a fancy name. It’s called Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS) or Disembark­ment Syndrome. According to the Mal de Débarquement Syndrome  Balance Disorder Foundation, Mal de Débarquement Syndrome (MdDS) or Disembark­ment Syndrome is a rare disorder that most often develops following an ocean cruise. Less often, the perceived sensation of motion follows prolonged air or auto travel. More common in women than men, the symptoms of Mal de Débarquement Syndrome include a persistent sensation of motion (rocking/swaying/bobbing/tumbling) that is usually associated with fatigue, imbalance, and difficulty concentrating (impaired cognition). Some patients develop Mal de Débarquement Syndrome after extended boat or train travel, or other motion experience, or even spontaneously, i.e., they lack an identifiable motion event. The intensity of symptoms is highly variable among patients but may be quite disabling. Symptoms are often reduced when in passive motion such as in a moving car, airplane, or train. After remission, the recurrence rate of Mal de Débarquement Syndrome  is high and symptoms usually more severe. Unfortunately, MdDS may persist for years, is frequently misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, lacks an effective treatment, and the cause remains unknown. Mal de Débarquement Syndrome research studies at UCLA and LIBR by Yoon‐Hee Cha, MD; a neurologist, Dr. Cha have identified specific locations in the brain that are affected by Mal de Débarquement Syndrome. There is also a research study by Brian C. Clark, PhD, Director of the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University. Dr. Clark has defined increased intracortical excitability in MdDS patients. Hopefully, the combined results of these independent investigations will help to form the basis for a rational and effective MdDS therapy in the future. In the meantime, older individuals are encouraged to perform specific senior balance exercises to boost their stability and minimize their symptoms from Mal de Débarquement Syndrome.

Senior Balance Exercises For After A Cruise

   For those folks who suffer with dizziness and imbalance after a cruise, there are a few senior balance exercises that can help you feel more stable. Several steadiness routines for older folks can optimize proprioceptive input (fancy term for the sense of touch and positioning of your muscles and joints- particularly in your feet when talking about balance) for better steadiness with all movement activities. As an example, you can perform an equilibrium routine where you stand with your feet shoulder apart. In this position, you can shift your body weight forwards and backwards, while concentrating on the sense of touch between your feet and the floor. This stability routine will help to maximize your proprioceptive input to the balance center in your brain, thereby improving your overall steadiness. You can learn these stability techniques and senior balance exercises by following along with the direction of a qualified Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    Those with symptoms of imbalance and dizziness are encouraged to get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes  a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry,  walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the  comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a  qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button

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