The cerebellum (the area at the back of the brain) is best known for its role in balance and coordination. However, the cerebellum does more than that — when it starts to malfunction, the results can be not only worsened balance, but also anxiety, insomnia, and hypersensitivity.
The cerebellum is a primary integrator of information for the brain. Our body has hundreds of thousands of receptors that detect motion, vision, and where and how our body and joints are positioned at all times. These receptors constantly relay information to the brain so that we can move and function properly in our environment.
This information requires organizing before heading to the rest of the brain. The cerebellum condenses the information and “gates” it, meaning it releases it in manageable amounts to the brain’s cortex, the outer covering with its characteristic folds.
The cortex, which is responsible for higher-order functions of thought and action, decides if you need to carry out a specific action or thought in response to the information, such as turn left, answer a question, run from danger, make a decision, etc. The cortex then sends its information back to the cerebellum to help carry out actions.
When things go wrong with the cerebellum
The cerebellum is a common site of dysfunction. It can degenerate, meaning neurons die. The cerebellum is very susceptible to sensitivity to gluten and other foods, environmental toxins, and oxidative stress. It also can degenerate with age — why older people notoriously have bad balance. Children born with brain developmental disorders often have poor cerebellar function.
Poor cerebellar function is observed in various ways, such as poor balance, lack of coordination, or a tremor as you go to pick something up or bring a glass to your mouth (known as termination tremors).
Stand with your feet together, your arms at your side, and then close your eyes. If you sway more frequently to one side, that may indicate the side with more cerebellar dysfunction — it takes it longer to respond to falling on that side of your body.
Other tests your doctor may use to observe cerebellum function are coordination tests such as: finger to nose, walking heel to toe in a straight line, performing complex alternating movements, and ocular tracking (the eyes give insight into function).
Poor cerebellar function can also cause dizziness, disorientation, and nausea in cars, on boats, or when seeing things move swiftly, such as in a movie. Basically, the cerebellum is not able to respond appropriately to input from the environment.
Cerebellum function and anxiety and insomnia
As the cerebellum loses function it begins to falter at its job of gating information delivered to the cortex. As a result, excess information slips through.
This means the cortex and areas in the brainstem receive more information than they can adequately manage. Much of the role of the frontal cortex is to act as a brake pedal on the brainstem, preventing the brainstem from spinning out of control. Our brainstem governs myriad functions, such as emotions, heart function, blood pressure, and digestion.
This poorly gated sensory overload can cause many symptoms:
Many factors work against us when it comes to healthy brain function that prevents an overactive brain and anxiety. They include a culture that cherishes overworking, inflammatory diets, unstable blood sugar, too much screen time, stressful lives, and not enough sleep.
Book an appointment to have your balance assessed and help relieve anxiety and insomnia.
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February is heart month and we are full of love for keeping this vital organ healthy.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.
It’s no wonder that there is a whole month dedicated to it.
So, we are dedicating the entire month of February to educate you on your heart.
How you can best nourish it to prevent you and your loved ones becoming a statistic.
After all, your heart eats first.
That means whatever you put in your mouth via air or food - the heart is affected first.
We are hosting 2 special heart events this month.
One of them happens to be on Valentine's Day, Tuesday, Feb 14th! Sign up for our epic heart sound recorder day and make sure you have proper heart sounds in each valve.
The other chance you have to learn about your heart Feb. 28th @ 5pm. I am hosting a very informative and interactive health talk at Well Balanced Body, called “The heart eats first”.
The health talk is limited in space to only 10 lucky hearts and it’s only $25 to attend. I would suggest bringing a friend or family member that you want their heart to thrive for a long time.
This topic is near and dear to my own heart. My Mom had lifesaving cardiac surgery to repair a faulty mitral valve.
I want to share with you the knowledge to make your heart strong. I hope to see you there!