Body Works Sports Physio – Do you have visual strain or headaches?


Hi this is Dana Ranahan from Body Works Sports
Physiotherapy and today I want to show you a simple vision exercise that you can work
on at home. We see this often in the clinic with people
who have had concussion injury, hits to the head or sometimes with whiplash or neck pain. So our eyes, our upper neck and our inner
ear all coordinate together to help us do all the complex things we do. What we’re going to look at today is called
saccadic movement or quick eye movements that are required to do things like reading, react
or whatnot. So I’ve put up some sticky notes on the
wall. You can use various things for this, but I
just used sticky notes and I kind of put them at eye level for me and then a vertical strip
as well. So if you’ll come around, what I’m going
to get you working on at home. Trying to stand back probably two to three
feet, and so when I’m looking at the centre, those two sticky notes on the side are almost
in the peripheral of my vision and I’m going to work on a quick eye movement back and forth,
trying to keep my head steady, as quick as I can. Back and forth trying to control it. Now if this is difficult at all, you can individually
test your eyes by covering one eye and trying the saccadic movement side to side, eye movements
side to side on one eye for 30 to 60 seconds and then switch eyes, saccadic movement 30
to 60 seconds and then do both eyes together again. This helps to train each eye individually
and then the two eyes work together. The other movement you can work on is a vertical
saccadic movement. So again, if you want to do on one eye at
a time, we work on up and down quick movements, trying to keep the head level while your eye
moves so your head is not moving with you and repeat to fatigue usually try for 30 to
60 seconds each one. Give that a try at home, saccadic eye movements,
really trying to control your posture and that should hopefully help you to train your
eyes to be a bit stronger. If you have more questions, or you want some
specific advice on an injury you’re dealing with please feel free to call us because a
specific exercise for what you need is really the most important. Check out our website for more information
at www.body-works.ca.

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