The Impact of a TBI on Your Muscle Control and Balance
When you suffer any type of bump or blow to the head, you can expect three types of health consequences: physical challenges, cognitive problems, and emotional or behavioral side effects. As the control center for your entire body, your brain is integral to all movement, including balance and coordination.
The Left-Right Function of Your Brain
With respect to your physical strength, movement, control and coordination, your brain is divided into two control centers—the left side of your brain controls the right side of your body, and vice versa. Accordingly, any sensation in the right side of your body sends a message to the left side of your brain, and all movement or reaction from the left side of your body is managed by the right side of your brain. For that reason, if you have damage or injury to one side of your brain, it will typically show up on the other side of your body.
The Role of the Different Parts of Your Brain in Your Coordination
Your brain has six distinct components:
- The cerebellum—located near the base of your brain, this part of your brain is primarily responsible for voluntary physical action and coordination, as well as balance and motor reflexes
- The brain stem—Also at the base of your brain, this component controls most involuntary actions, such as breathing, heartbeat, sweating, sleeping and balance
- The parietal lobe—This section of your brain handles touch perception, visual attention and your ability to move or manipulate objects
- The occipital lobe—This part of your brain is involved exclusively with your vision
- The temporal lobe—This lobe is involved primarily in cognitive functions, but does control your hearing
- The frontal lobe—This part of the brain regulates memory, thought, reasoning, problem-solving and other cognitive efforts
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At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.