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Inner Ear & Vision Training: A Multifaceted Remedy


Today we’re going to look at a simple tool
and how the letter A and eight lines can change your life. If you’ve watched the Z-Health Balance Gym
you know that we actually are very interested in the function of your inner ear and how
the inner ear relates to control of your eyes and how all of that plays into dealing with
spinal problems, core issues, and how that manifests with low back pain, mid-back pain,
and then everything related to movement in life. That may sound a little bit grandiose, but
I’m telling you, your inner ears, your eyes, and how they function together is super important,
which is why we created a whole product around it. We’ve done some blogs in the past on training
the inner ear. One of the things we want to do is continually
make it easier for you. What we’ve done is create a simple, little
chart with the letter A, and I know in my intro I said how that letter A could change
your life, it can be any letter, just so you know. What we did is create a simple chart and what
I want you to download this or draw it up on a whiteboard or something, because what
we found is that when we teach people how to do some of the inner ear exercises related
to what’s called the vestibulo-ocular reflex, it’s often hard for them to figure out the
movements. This chart is going to save you, it’s going
to actually fix those problems for you. The basics of what we’re dealing with, first
of all, as I said, is called the VOR or the vestibulo, which means inner ear, ocular meaning
eye, reflex. This is one of the most important reflexes
in the human body because it stabilizes our vision while our head is in motion. If the camera lens was the letter A, the VOR
basically works like this. I’m looking at the camera lens, I turn my
head, and my eyes stay focused on the camera lens and it doesn’t get blurry. That’s the most important part. What we’re going to have you guys do is
take the chart, print it out, and I want you to stick it up on the wall at about head level. Just paste it up there. You can tape it; it doesn’t have to be pasted. Put it up on the wall and the idea is that
you’re going to stand about three feet away from it. You’re going to look at the A. That’s
the most important part. I want you to make the A as clear as possible,
which means if you need to move forward, you need to move back. It doesn’t really matter. I just want you to make sure that the A is
clear. Now, once the A is clear, and for this blog
I’m assuming that the camera lens for me is the letter A. I’m going to look at it
and then all that I have to do to do the exercises correctly, is I have to move the tip of my
nose along one of those lines. I’m going to have you do it three times
while your eyes are staying fixated on the A. The rule here is that you’re only going
to move as far and as fast as the A can remain clear. If it starts to get blurry at that speed,
you need to slow down. If it starts to get blurry when you go that
far, you need to not go that far. It could like this … in the beginning. It doesn’t matter to me. Our job is to do three to five repetitions
moving the tip of your nose along each of the eight lines. Again, the camera lens is the A that you’re
looking at. I’m going to go up keeping my eyes forward. Down keeping my eyes forward. I’ll go left, right, and then I’m going
to take my nose up and right, down and right, up and left, down and left. The paper and the lines are just a great reminder. It is a simple way to know exactly how to
make the motions happen in order to get the most out of the drill. I’m doing this standing. You have some different options. Sometimes when people start doing this exercise,
they get a little bit dizzy and they’re often surprised by that. If you get dizzy, you can do the same exercise
seated. You just take the chart, you move it down
the wall, you sit down in your chair, and you repeat the same exercise. If you are awesome at this and you go, okay,
I can go really fast and it doesn’t change, that’s great. Now you want to make it harder. How do you make it harder? Right now I’m standing in a pretty comfortable
wide stance. I could stand with my feet together. I could stand as if I’m on a two by four,
with one foot directly in front of the other. I could stand on one leg. I can make it as hard or as easy as I need
to, but the main thing we want to make sure, is that we’re doing each of the lines individually
and seeing which one’s difficult. If I go through all eight lines and I figure
out that when I look at the camera lens and I take my nose up and left on that line, it
gets really blurry, that may be something that I really need to focus on and make it
improve. This seems like a very simple drill and it
should be. This shouldn’t be hard for you, but over
time what you’ll figure out is the more you do it, your vision should improve, your
balance should improve. Ultimately, because of how all of this influences
muscles all along the spine, it should help with your posture. It should also help with back pain and also
core strength in performances of the athlete. There’s so many benefits to doing this. This is just a little sample of, like I said,
stuff that we’ve done in our balance gym, but if you will focus on this one drill, work
on it daily, because we’re only asking you to do three to five repetitions, you’re
going to see some big benefits. Last thing, if you want to progress it, you
go faster and you go across both lines. The progression for me, let’s say I’m
doing great at this, I’ve got my feet together, and I’m looking at my A, now I may be doing
this. I’m actually going back and forth. Then I’m going up and down. Over time you’re going to increase the speed. You’re going to go across both lines. In the beginning, make it small, make it simple,
make sure it makes you feel better. All right guys, so this is the VOR chart. If you have any questions about this let us
know. Otherwise, good luck.

Reynold King

2 Replies to “Inner Ear & Vision Training: A Multifaceted Remedy”

  1. Thanks as ever for your work. I tried a version of this exercise just now, focussing on an image on a wall perhaps fifteen feet away. Seated. The first two were unproblematic, focus was unfazed. The third (left-hi / right-low diagonal) was suddenly kind of awful.

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