Imagine standing on a boat as it’s sailing through a vicious storm with nothing to grasp on to. That rush of adrenaline coursing through your body as fear takes over and uncertainty settles in. This has been my life for one year and two months (as of writing this post)–constant undiagnosed dizziness. Unlike the spinning of vertigo, my symptoms mirror the sensation of a boat rocking from side to side.
Because specific causes of dizziness are difficult to pin point, I have been living with it on a daily basis. As a yoga instructor and movement educator, when your vestibular system is off kilter it makes it difficult to function in front of a class or maintain an exercise routine on your own. Visual stimulation such as lighting, quick movements; sensory overload involving, heat, smell, and sound are all a trigger for my symptoms.
Anyone who has experienced dizziness knows how stressful it can be, especially when you are not sure what is causing it. I have left many doctor appointments with them scratching their head and me clutching to mine in disbelief. At first I felt alone in my condition, but eventually learned that dizziness is extremely common with some causes still a mystery to physicians. About 15% of the population has dizziness and 25% of those cases go undiagnosed (an estimate according to Timothy C. Hain, MD, Clinical Professor of Neurology at The University of Chicago.)
For a while, I attached movement to dizziness and was in fear of doing too much; thinking rest was the best medicine. I spent many days lying down or in a seated position, which was actually doing more harm to my body. Once I made that realization, I started to use my Yoga Tune Up® and The Roll Model® Method techniques once again. I began to form a deeper relationship with Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Balls and the effects that self-massage has on my body.
Therapy ball rolling is a way for me to connect to areas of tension, maintain/improve mobility, and de-stress from constantly feeling unwell. I roll, rejuvenate, and hydrate my tissues with sequences for the jaw, neck, shoulders, and back. I have found comfort in using the therapy balls, as I have often felt unable to accept support or help from other people.
Next week, I will outline the therapy ball routine that I used to help soothe my nerves.