What is Vestibular Stimulation?

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What is Vestibular Stimulation?

         The reason for this article is shameless self-promotion, but it will not earn me notoriety unless I can demonstrate how you can benefit from it. I decided to do a splash of this self-promotion because I don’t like how few people read the blogs I write and how slow my book is selling. What I’m going to tell you is not new, but you probably have no idea what’s involved.

         What we have here is tiny organ inside your inner ear that controls the sensitivity of your nervous system, your balance or equilibrium, how you respond to your other sensory organs, your emotions, your memory, and your attention. Did I get your attention? Good. I will also show you how you can tweak your inner ear and thus tweak your nervous system, your emotions, your memory, your attention, and your sensitivity to other sensory organs. Are you with me?

         In order not to sound clinical, I will speak to you in English and leave the terminology in the citations. Those who want to read medical jargon, be my guest. Those who are normal people, listen here.

         Remember when you were a child you used to walk on the side of the curbs? Remember how flower bed separations and other dividers in the ground presented fun obstacle courses you never wanted to miss? Now, that you are older, you consider such activities childish. Ok, be honest here, when you know for sure that no one is watching, you would climb on the occasional curb or knee-high wall and walk on it like you did when you were a kid. Don’t nod your head, but am I right?

         The very young and the not-so-young, we all have this innate desire to walk on a balance beam, or anything like it. When we are bored and when we see that curb, we seize the challenge of balance walking as soon as it presents itself. When we are stressed or agitated, we also tend to balance walk on anything as soon as opportunity presents itself. When I was a little kid, I wanted to walk the tightrope, but since none was available, I walked on anything that resembled a balance beam.

         Any activity that challenges our balance can produce vestibular stimulation. Balance skills are task specific. And one task in particular is our favorite, the balance walking. Because I want to keep this short, I will not describe in details here, but when we balance walk, we force our left and right brains to equalize their activities. This is not an easy task. Each brain hemisphere has a mind of its own. There is no third party to coordinate activity level between the left and right brains. When we are too emotional, balancing can calm us. When we are too excited or agitated, balancing provides us that sense of control we seek.

         Sometimes we can’t fall asleep because thoughts are racing through our mind. This is left brain activity. When you recall something visual, right brain activity, then, and only then can you fall asleep. As you can see, from exclusively left brain activity we establish balance by focusing our attention on the right brain activity, and the equilibrium we catch allows us to fall asleep. When we are lethargic, balancing can give us energy. In short, balancing, as a physical activity, also brings equilibrium, or balance, for our emotional, intellectual, and/or perceptual state.

         Do you know that nowadays you have to search long and hard to find information that describes and advocates vestibular stimulation? In other words, you will have to dig deep to find people who will tell you what balance activities can do for you. The reason for this is pure selfishness. If they tell you that balance activities can fix many of your problems, you will do your balancing activity without them, get better, and leave them. You become NOT dependant on their services.

         Well, how can you be so self-centered? Didn’t your parents teach you to share. Your doctor has student loans to repay, bills to pay, and put money aside for the children to go to a nice college. How will your doctor pay for all this if patients stop coming?

         I am not trying to rock the boat and bankrupt the doctors and pharmaceutical companies. I just want in on the action, the action of helping people. There are plenty of people who will keep taking pills, because it’s easy; they got used to them; and because they know what to expect. There are plenty of people who believe their current doctor, no matter what he or she says. And if the doctor tells them that balance activities are best suited for the very young kids, they will believe them, and ask for a refill of their prescription.

         I just want to find a few people for whom the pills don’t work. I want to find a few people who cannot deal with the side effects from the pills. And I want to find some people who will be curious enough to ask, What is he talking about? What do we have to lose if we try?

         No, really, what can you lose if you pretend that you are balancing on a tightrope? Do you need fancy, expensive equipment? Please! If you cannot afford my water pipe stand, build your own. I don’t mind. I will even give you directions and the how-to. If you have no money, and if you don’t know any plumber who could give you a piece of steel water pipe for free, let me know. I can teach you a special stance that will give you that sensation of balancing on a tightrope, without any equipment at all. Just you, your socks, and your floor.

         Do you still feel that if I’m not selling the water pipe, I must be after something else? Do you still feel that I want nothing but your money, and that money is at the root of it all? Well, how about this, I will post the information on the Internet, free for anyone to read, print, or copy. Will you believe me that money is not everything for me? No? You still don’t trust me? Man, you have issues. Be happy and go find yourself another preacher. Good-bye.

 

 

         Is anyone still with me? Good. Vestibular stimulation through specific balance activities that simulate tightrope walking is a powerful ally to have. I wrote a book about it. I built a website, and I write articles for my blog. I want you to understand and befriend my balance activities, so you can understand and befriend vestibular stimulation. It’s not hard. It will be good for you. And you will thank me later.

          I will give you a little technical hint. We do not yet have the equipment that can accurately measure brain activity at the time when the person is physically active. When you go in for CAT scan of your brain, you lie down on a tray, then they gently move you in center of a big metal donut. The operator will tell you to be still and walks away from you into the protected command center, where he tells you through a microphone to breathe or not to breathe during the procedure.

         Vestibular stimulation is mostly achieved when the person is physically active. Because there is no machine that can measure what’s going on with the brain during physical activities, all the tests and treatments, from the very start, are created to measure brain activity when the person is at rest. Few scientists will admit that their studies are missing this very essential element, brain measurements during physical activities. Here, the technological limitations made people forget, discount, and NOT take into account what happens when the person is physically active.

         Tests of medications are also done when the patients are physically inactive, or at rest. What few people realize is that, unless we are sleeping, we spend our days being physically active. As plain and straightforward that is, this little factor escapes many, including professionals.

 

Here are some sources of medical jargon.

 

http://www.ctccenter.com/Pages/SensoryIntegrationInfo.html

 

http://www.letsaskalice.com/groundbreakingtools.html

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippocampal_formation

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_W._Prescott

   

http://books.google.com/books?id=6pXEFJXxOksC&pg=PR20&lpg=PR20&dq=vestibular+stimulation+and+PTSD&source=bl&ots=4EmdMvUfYL&sig=c1sh2pHhA63jdiiDxUXBNlz_kIE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZUNpT5KNPO7PiALhx-XbBg&ved=0CDsQ6AEwAw – v=onepage&q=vestibular stimulation and PTh

   

http://books.google.com/books?id=LPS9iLkjSBIC&pg=PA71&lpg=PA71&dq=vestibular+stimulation+and+PTSD&source=bl&ots=lezAuwcQTz&sig=FraYfIUpM4AxJ9d88ndmTbLRgS4&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ZUNpT5KNPO7PiALhx-XbBg&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA – v=onepage&q=vestibular stimulation and PTh

          Wait, you can also do your own search for, “vestibular stimulation” and  type in one or more of these terms: memory, emotions, nervous system, ADD, ADHD, PTSD, sensory integration, balance, balance beam, tightrope, athletic performance, mental performance, language (reading, understanding, pronunciation), REM sleep, stress, anxiety, stutter, fidgeting, coordination, etc. Simply search for “vestibular stimulation” and type in whatever is keeping you awake at night.

         Like I said above, you will need to go deep in your search. The good stuff will not be waiting for you on the first page of the search results. Try different search engines, and go to the library. Look at some new articles, but pay extra attention to those that were published ten, twenty, or more years ago. That’s where you find some real treasures.

         Here is the deal. If you find something that proves me wrong, post it here. If you find something that proves me right, post it here. Fair enough?

         If I made you just a little curious about vestibular stimulation, read articles in my blog, go through all the pages in my website, get my book. This will get you started on the search for incredible. Incredible is what you will learn to call this whole thing. Why? Because it will be very hard for you to get your arms around the idea that a $12.00 steel water pipe can do so much good. I already traveled that road. It IS incredible. I wouldn’t be wasting your time or my time if it weren’t incredible.

  

Sincerely,

Alexander Nestoiter, author of:

Incredible Ah-ha Moments: Ideas you won’t stop talking about

 

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