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Help me to speeded up my recovery with brain excercises please as I read on here someone did&ziti WORKED😱❤️


Hi I need help with brain injury recovery, I read on here that SOMEONE had great tips & didn’t feel dizzy spells when standing up, is there anyone has TIPS in improving DIZZYNESS& reaction times. Is there any things I can do at home that they were advised by some specialist , I had my TBI in jan 2013 & dizzyness especially DOESENT seem to be going AWAY I need need to speed up this recovery ASAP. Speak soon &thanks for taking time to read.

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These guys may have some answers/resources for you:


If it was me my vision therapy helped with my balance. This was a6 week course of therapy i paid for and gave me lots of different eye/ coordination exercises to do on a daily basis.

This website should be able to explain more for you, i think they outline many of the more common exercises undertaken:


I was referred to a neuro otology (balance) clinic and after assessment of the cause was prescribed vestibular exercises. Went to the clinic for reviews for a couple years I think. Did get some improvement but the cause of my problem was such that they couldn't totally resolve my balance problems. I still go splat but not as often. My problem is that I am visually dependent for my balance and in reduced light or vision obscured by carrying a box or something then I become unsteady and liable to fall. At night I use a walking stick. Also if I am cognitively overwhelmed then that affects my balance as well. I would suggest that you find out if your nhs has a balance clinic because depending on the cause of the problem it will differ as to what will help.


Did you find the Vestibular exercises helpful, my sons eyesight has been damaged by his TBI prior to his accident he didn't have any issues with his sight (that we were aware of) - he had gone all way through school and college and nothing was every picked up. One of the first weekends he came home for a visit his long standing OT took him on the in bus to supermarket and she said he could not see the bus until it was on top of him, also in the supermarket he struggled to find things.

We noticed rehab he was walking into things, and he was referred to Ophthalmology clinic. We have seen two Ophthalmologists, an Orthoptist and been to Opticians. He now has glasses with very strong prescription for his left eye and a small one for his right. He has very poor peripheral vision on his left side.

My OT (who is amazing) has researched Vestibular exercises and found that they can have an impact on the muscles that impact vision.

The Ophthalmologist was quite skeptical and said that you are legally allowed to drive with just one eye - which I found very unhelpful, as Josh already had a learning disability pre-accident and the damage to his eyes is an added challenge for him.

We went for a follow up appointment with Neurologist who he was under in rehab, he dropped the bombshell on me that he felt Josh would never be able to go out again by himself or be left alone.

Its been 7 months since his accident and we have had Mencap support workers in whilst we work, he has just started back at college one day a week, and because of the progress we had agreed a cut to his care package. His OT planned to restart transport and road safety training with him next month, but this comment has really unsettled me.

David2019 in reply to dam0309

Thanks dam I can't believe that someone would unsettle you like that especially considering the circumstances. I don't know sealiphone but is there anyone else whom can REFER me to a nuerologist as I'm in the UK and not America speak soon guy's.


David2019 in reply to David2019

What vestibular exercises dam we're you talking about did ifind helpful?

dam0309 in reply to David2019

Hi, I had picked up on StrawberryCream mentioning Vestibular exercises, the ones we do with Josh are to strengthen his core. He has 2 yoga mats, and a peanut shaped swissball, he has to lay across the ball on his stomach with his legs off the floor and then roll forward on the ball and pick things up such as a ball or bean bag with alternate hands - make sure we are stretching him. We also play snap with him laid across the ball trying to keep his balance with just his core, - holding his cards in one hand and putting a card down with the other and remembering to say snap.

I don't know if its working, but he enjoys it - he has to wear his protective headgear whilst doing it. too - he does not like wearing that :)

Yesterday at the appointment he was asked to stand on one leg, he could only do it for a few seconds but it was in a cramped office environment.

I have already sent my OT a message re the Consultant, we are going to arrange a meeting with him, it was upsetting, but its not the first time in Josh's life I have been told he won't be able to do something and he has.

Its early days in his recovery - 7 months and the road safety and transport training is really risk assessed and taken at a very slow pace until the OT is happy he has got it and is safe.

The accident was not his fault, a driver did not stop at a pedestrian crossing and hit him on this - I don't think anyone could have avoided that - learning disability or not


Seduco which is an app and logs your times so you can see your times and how you improve. Even putting objects on a tray covering it up do something else for 10mins go back and try to think what was on the tray.

What's this a website APP for training improvement in what AREA? Speak later timM

dont be impatient, we re not all the same. this persons bi may not have been as severe as yours.

have you seen neurologist since your accident to discuss? this

David2019 in reply to steve55

No I haven't Steve I'll need to try and find out some way of improving not curing and training the brain to get better at judgement and decision making

have you been tested for vestibular (which it sounds like) problems? i'm going to one at moment, it is quite Oooh man what a trip, when they do the tests, and can be quite vigorous! the physio is quite adamant that its fixable, or at least trainable.

What is vestibular?

It’s essentially interaction between inner ear systems and brain.

But you should be being tested for this sort of stuff, rather than asking strange people on the internet! 😉

That sounds what it might be as I’ve got tinnitus in my damaged side of my head. I’ll go for gp referral now.

I'll throw another cause in, as it shows how complicated these things can be.

I had episodes of dizziness and disorientation for years before cognitive tests revealed this was caused by abnormal attention.

My one option is don't attempt certain tasks.

Okay but how do I get a cognitive test THEN was this with PLENTY practice not TRAINABLE/CUREABLE

Is it not possible for me to train the brain in attention & decision making , making DRIVING more safe again I’ll go see my GP this week & try to get a neurologist REFERAL.

David2019 in reply to David2019


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