Melbourne, Australia (PRWEB) July 26, 2013
Melbourne Chiropractor and Academic, Dr. Matthew D.Holmes, is presenting at the 4th Annual Conference of the Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology, held this weekend in Melbourne. He will be exploring the link between balance problems and anxiety and depression.
Research has found that there can be a connection between problems in the balance system and these common psychological conditions, and they can be present even if the person is not aware they have a balance problem.
When interviewed, Dr. Holmes remarked, "Our sense of balance is such an integral part of our well-being that it is not surprising problems with it can have these effects. When people become off balanced, even at subconscious levels, they become overly attuned to threats within their environment. This so called ‘hypervigilance’ is one of the characteristics of anxiety."
As well as anxiety and depression, research has found a connection between vestibular (balance) disorders and memory problems and thought disturbances. Dizziness, a balance disorder, is a common condition that affects 36% of Australians and accounts for 4% of emergency room costs in the US.
Research has shown that in both adults and children, for some individuals, treating the balance disorder with a rehabilitation program can improve the anxiety symptoms.
The Australasian Academy of Functional Neurology Conference is an international event featuring speakers from the USA and Australia. The theme of this year's conference is the inter-relationship between movement, behaviour and immunity. Besides the link between anxiety and balance, the conference will explore the effects of gut dysfunction on the immune system and the effects of functional disconnection within the brain on conditions such as autism and ADHD.
Dr. Holmes is the principal practitioner at the Diamond Valley Brain Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The Centre focuses on the treatment of vertigo, dizziness and other balance disorders.