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!

Comments • 4

  • Mel Hesketh
    Mel Hesketh  3 months back

    Thanks for the good advice, I’ve been to scared to try swimming but may now give this a try! Would also love you to give an update on whether you found the supplements you were trying of any benefit.🤞

    • Vestibular Vlog
      Vestibular Vlog   3 months back

      Mel Hesketh that’s great! Just start by doing a little and then gradually build it up - even if you feel fine. Let me know how it goes! I’m going to do another video on the supplements I’ve been taking, keep an eye out for it.

  • Roshan Wright
    Roshan Wright  3 months back

    Excellent advice ☺ you covered lots of my thoughts as you went along..I look forward to this when I'm ready to try again.
    I fell 3 years ago (3 years into vm)getting out of a pool going to a hot tub with no railing - slipped into it-and damaged my knee that's never been same again...so now even more nervous. I've loved to swim all my life and mav vm has no made it difficult to do now. But I want to! I really like how you say to listen to my body I've really got to do better with not pushing thru sometimes as that may be hinders my progress

    • Vestibular Vlog
      Vestibular Vlog   3 months back

      Roshan Wright I’m sorry to hear what happened, so I’m glad to hear you related to a lot of the points I raised. The risk of falls is all to real for people with MAV / VM. I also forgot to say that the council run gyms are normally the only ones with a lifeguard on duty at all times and this is also important too, in case we fall or have issues in the pool. Perhaps try again, but only swim at places that offer accessible facilities. Hope you make progress soon, so you are able to get back in the pool. X