Swimming for Balance and vestibular disorders
- Published: 16 August 2019
- Swimming for balance:
Recently I have started swimming and the effects on my balance system have been incredible, its also really boosted my spirits in a positive way, as its so easy to get caught up in a negative spiral of emotions when it comes to chronic vertigo.
I go at least 3-4 times per week, depending on how Im feeling. If I don’t feel good on the day, I don’t go – Ive really had to learn the hard way when it comes to vestibular migraines, you just cant push through the hard days, you have to respect your body is telling you it needs to rest!
My advice for swimming is:
1: wear ear plugs in your ear to prevent swimmers ear
2: swim freestyle
3: Avoid turning your head frequently and going under water
4:If your balance is bad, and there is a risk of falling over outside of the pool (for example in the changing rooms or showers) then wait until your balance is a bit more stable.
5: Go to a local authority leisure centre – they tend to have the best accessible facilities to meet your needs (compared to the posh private gyms – in my experience anyway)
6: Find out the times when the pool is generally quiet – if it’s an outdoor pool, go when it’s raining – honestly there’s been several times I have has the entire pool to myself in central London!