VR treatment for vertigo

When we think of vertigo many of us believe this to be a fear of heights or a feeling of dizziness when looking down from a high place e.g sitting in the highest level of a football stadium. In reality vertigo can be triggered by almost any visual stimulus, that varies from person to person. This can therefore limit in someone’s ability to go about daily life as somthing as common a supermarket can cause nausea for several hours or even days in some cases. The exact cause of vertigo is unknown but it could be related to damage of the vestibular system which s part of the inner ear. Ear infections could therefore be a cause.

It is believed that VR could help to rehabilitate suffers by using the equipment to slowly get them used to there triggers so that vertigo is no longet felt. We associate VR as the next gaming platform and it is thought that if little games are incorporated to the programe then suffers will find that visual trigger enjoyable or not even realize what they are seeing being too engrossed in the task. This could potentially the way to let suffers have more freedom without the risk of experiencing dizziness. As wel as helping patients it can also be used as a diagnostic service, I somone is unsure of there trigger then they could be put into differnt environments by the VR and monitored to find what is casing there symptoms. This will also help save time as the quicker the cause is found then the sooner help can be given to combat that visual vertigo.

This can make VR a vital bit of kit for helping people with visual vertigo, with this theory I believe people will star to find other ways in which the technology can be exploited to improve lives. If anyone can think of any other she’s of VR in medicine or rehabilitation please comment below. Thanks for reading I got the information of the BBC so if anyone wants to rad further feel free to explore.

Thanks again


Sports coaching

I took part in the sure sports leaders course last summer which was one week long and gave me an introduction to sport coaching. During the week I got an introduction of coaching from hockey, rugby, cricket and football. Along with these workshops I also attended a safeguarding and protection of children workshop which was sports coach uk approved. Then finally attended a st. John ambulance essential first aid for all ages.

After completing this week in the summer everyone who attended had to then complete volunteer sports coaching once schools started up again. Everyone kept a log of the amount of hours they have completed with it signed by the appropoite person. I am pleased to announce that after the first term of school I completed the second most number of voluntary hours (27). This got my picture into the local paper of the manx independent showcasing the top three people.image

I completed my hours in various differnt ways, I helped out weekly at my local primary school in running there after school sports clubs which would vary in sports from football to handball. I also completed some full days of volenteering at sport schemes that are run on the island which further boosted my hours. During this time I completed a Austism and asperges training course that further enhanced my coaching ability.

Being a sports coach has given me some valuable experiment as well as improving life skills. When coaching people I always work as a team so this helps my teamwork skills, having to coach young children means that l have learnt how to communicate with differnt ages brackets and has helped my communication in general. When helping out with a session I have came prepared with my own session ideas as well as having to adapt sessions that turned out to be going poorly.  Along the way I have coached some children with disabilities including ADHD, autism, speech impairments and learing difficulties. This has given me a wider understanding of the conditions as well as how best to to talk to them and coach them to allow them same opportunitiities as everyone else. Most importantly is to be able to ensure everyone is included and is having  fun. This coaching has enabled me to boost skills that will help in many differnt aspects of life.

Thanks for reading my question is have you completed any coaching and if so please comment on what you have done and attributes gained by the experiences.

I’m the male on the right of the picture if anyone was wondering.


Hospital tv program

Hi everyone

I have recently came  across a program on BBC two that shows the reality of life in a hospital as well as the tough decisions that need to be made.

The first episode featured two patients one of which needed an operation to get rid of cancer that had formed in the oesophagus. His operation had already been cancelled due to the need for a intensive unit bed that is highly sourt after and like the rest of the hospital is almost always full to capacity. The patient had gone though chemotherapy to reduce the tumor and need to take it out, the longer that patient waited the harder the operation would become.

The second patient was one that was being brought the hospital by ambulance to st.marys due to the nature of the condition. This patients aporta had the potential to burst and it wasn’t ceratian that the patient would make it to the hospital alive.

With no intensive care beds available the episode shows how they have a constant pressure to move patients from intensive care to the wards to make space for new arrivals. The orinisazion of the flow of patients proving difficult at a time of great strain on the NHS. The hospital had the potential to move two patients down to the ward but was a not sure it all depended on the situation in the coming hours. This led to the conclusion that if the patient in the ambulance survived the journey then the cancer patients operation wouod need to be cancelled. If however the the ambulance patient died on route the cancer patient could then go ahead with the operation.

It was visibly clear that this was  hard concept to take in both for the patient awaiting cancer treatment as well as the doctor performing on him. The patient felt a great deal of guilt due to the fact that someone dieing would be beneficial to his own needs. The doctors were left unable to do there work which left them with a long waiting time as well the knowing that the operating theatre was free and ready but just couldn’t do it. This can be seen as a wasting of resources which created frustration.

In the end the ambulance patient survived and the cancer patient was able to get the operation done the next day. But this situation clearly states the problems that are going on up and down the contry in our hospitals. There are simply not enough beds for the number of patients that need them, any new intensive care beds are costly and there needs to be space available for them. This means that there is no quick fix to the problem. The implications of this is that people are having their operations cancelled as well as someone needing to make the difficult decision of who should be treated on. This can then have phycological effcts on the people working there one doctor even said that orinaizing the place was proving just strenuous as actually saving lives. The long waiting times that surgeons have to endure before they can start the operation is sure to make the possibibily of mistakes more likey.

Our hospitals are under intense strain without action being done soon to help in the long term this problem will just escalate to the point where people will be put at risk of dieing unnessisarily. There is a need for more beds to occupy the need. There needs to be centers set up to help people recover at home or in annother building instead of taking up valuble bed spaces. Hospital are needing to discharge more and more patients but without proper support at home they will just end up back in the hospital again creating a viscous cycle. The warning signs are here the only way to solve these problems is through actions.

If anyone is interested in watching the program the ext episode is on at 9.00 on Wednesday night on BBC two. If you have anything ou wish to share feel free to comment.

Thanks for reading , George

Health risks of frequent air travel

Hi guys

Considering I am currently sat here at an airport with a hour and a half delay that has left me with time to create a blog on the heath risks of frequent air travel due to my delay here on the Isle of man.

So basically I was reading an article which I will put into this post and it turns out more and more people are staring to travel more frequently due to work related activity, on a business trip. There are three main categories of health risk physical, emotional and social.

In terms of physical risks one of the main being jet-lag which can cause fatigue and gastrointestinal problems as well as an increase in the risk of a heart attack or a stroke. With people being restricted to seats which can lead to deep vain thrombosis or blood clotting which can affect an indidual for a long period of time.

The metal affects can include increase stress and anxiety levels due to the constant need to worry about about travel plans as well as having to go somewhere to which you haven’t been to before. With many frequent flyers being on business the stress of work is also a major factor due to feeling like your getting behind the work load due to time being spent travelling. Any sort of delay or problems along the way will had additional strain on someone’s metal state when they may not be in the best frame of mind to begin with.

Social affects can be damaging to not just the individual but to there family and friends as well. A sense of isolation can be experiencedone by both the traveller as well as the people left at home. Relationships can be damaged due to constant travelling as the person left at home has the extra burden of doing the jobs that they would normally be doing. If a parent is away constantly then the behaviour of the child can deteriterate. This may be due to when the parent is home having to spend the time recuperating from the expenditure of traveling.

As frequent travel becomes more common some of these affects may be seen on a wider scale in the future with research already on the way to try and limit some of these negative affects.

Here is the link to the source used:


Any comments or questions feel free to ask and I hope everyone has a good weekend.