Navigation Links
Mind out of balance, body out of balance

Many of the 40 million American adults who suffer from anxiety disorders also have problems with balance. As increasing numbers of children are diagnosed with anxiety, Tel Aviv University researchers have discovered that the link between balance and anxiety can be assessed at an early age and that something can be done about it before it becomes a problem.

Dr. Orit Bart at Tel Aviv University's School of Health Professions, and her colleagues, have found that a simple course of physical treatment for balance problems can also resolve anxiety issues in children. Her work offers new hope for normal social and emotional development for children with both disorders.

Establishing the Connection

Anxiety has a significant impact on children's personal and academic well-being. While not all kids with anxiety have balance problems, all those with balance problems do exhibit symptoms of anxiety, pointing to a link between the two conditions. "This is a breakthrough in the field of occupational therapy," says Dr. Bart.

Her study done in collaboration with TAU researchers Yair Bar-Haim, Einat Weizman, Moran Levin, Avi Sadeh, and Matti Mintz, and to be published in Research in Developmental Disabilities investigated the anxiety-balance connection in young children for the first time. Dr. Bart tracked children between the ages of five and seven who had been diagnosed with both problems to see how treatment would affect each disorder.

After a 12-week intervention of sensory-motor intervention, the children in Dr. Bart's study improved their balance skills. The therapy also reduced the children's anxiety to normal levels, she reports. As their balance and anxiety issues improved, the children's self-esteem also increased.

Treating the Mind Through the Body

"You can't treat children with anxiety in a cognitive way because of their immaturity and lack of operational thinking. Working with the body may be the answer," Dr. Bart explains. The treatment therefore focused on letting the children use equipment to experience their environment and move in space. Dr. Bart found that by working with their bodies, children could work through their emotional problems, including anxiety.

Dr. Bart is now working on expanding the initial results through a larger study with more control groups. The goal is to explore the exact nature of the relationship between balance and anxiety in children, and to focus the results on more specific treatment types.

"Young children who have anxiety should first be assessed for balance issues to see if that is the source of the problem," says Dr. Bart. "We can now treat these children because we have a better understanding of the relation between these disorders."


Contact: George Hunka
American Friends of Tel Aviv University

Related medicine news :

1. Complementary medicines training provides balance, not bias
2. Decision-makers seek internal balance, not balanced alternatives
3. Perception of health and balance has direct impact on walking activity, new study says
4. Smart Balance Presented to the Consumer Analyst Group of New York
5. Marathon Health Joins Forces with New Balance for Employee Health - Associate Health Services Provided at Three Maine Locations
6. Keeping a Healthy Holiday Balance
7. Primary Insomnia Tied to Brain Neurochemical Imbalance
8. Natural Hormone Balance: Gaining Ground in the Fight Against Breast Cancer
9. Stem-cell sentry sounds the alarm to maintain balance between cancer and aging, U-M researchers find
10. Smart Balance to Webcast Presentation at Canaccord Adams Global Growth Conference
11. P&G Reports Fourth Quarter EPS of $0.92 and Operating Profit Growth of 13%, Behind Balanced 5% Organic Sales and Volume Growth
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Mind out of balance, body out of balance
(Date:12/1/2015)... PA (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... imaging facilities, radiographic technicians must mark the film for accurate interpretation by the ... track of. Fortunately, an inventor from Sacramento, Calif., has found a way to ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... 2015 , ... McLean, VA., December 1, 2015 - Octo ... sprint agile development contract to support the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) IT Services ... engineering, infrastructure, as well as operations and sustainment support to the NGA’s Agile ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... ... December 01, 2015 , ... PartnerTech , ... membership and leadership since 2008. Gary Bruce, President of PartnerTech North America, currently ... spent a significant amount of time in Sweden since joining PartnerTech based in ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... Center Enterprise Authorized Technology Provider (ATP) status from Cisco. This designation recognizes Tympani ... support Cisco Unified Contact Center solutions targeted to the high-end enterprise contact center ...
(Date:11/30/2015)... NY (PRWEB) , ... December 01, 2015 , ... ... honors Christina Colon as a 2015-2016 inductee into its VIP Woman ... in pharmacy. NAPW is the nation’s leading networking organization exclusively for professional women, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/1/2015)... Dec. 1, 2015  Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... top-line data from its TELECAST Phase 3 ... treating carcinoid syndrome in cancer patients with ... benefit observed in its pivotal TELESTAR study.  ... companion to TELESTAR primarily to provide additional ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... , Dec. 1, 2015  ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, ... Andrew Gengos , President and Chief ... on December 3, 2015. Mr. Gengos plans ... registrational program in patients with newly diagnosed ... TIME:    12:15p.m. ET/9:15a.m. PT LINK: ...
(Date:12/1/2015)... and UPPSALA, Sweden , December ... been selected by the International Breast Cancer Study Group (IBCSG, ... (BIG, Brussels ) to be part of ... palbociclib, a promising new cancer drug.  --> ... women with advanced breast cancer being treated with anti-hormonal therapy ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: