Jim Bradshaw and Mary Mobley's lives were out of balance... quite literally. Both struggled with severe dizziness for years.
"Every consuming thought is about your next step, " says dizziness patient Mary Mobley.
Their balance problems came about differently... Mary had a car accident... Jim was diagnosed with benign positional vertigo.
"I felt like i was off balance all the time, " adds Mary's husband Jim.
Jim struggled for 40 years... Mary finally came to rely on a cane. and then both heard about a clinic that specializes in balance and dizziness.
At the Werner Institute they use innovative techniques to test and then retrain balance... Jim remembers what they told him his very first day.
"None of your balance is functioning at all."
So Jim... like many here... had to re-harness his balancing power. There's no pill and it's not an overnight fix. Most of the patients here have what therapist Dr. Marla Murphy calls the tin man complex.
"They're so afraid to fall... that they're just locked in and they walk like a stiff tin man."
It's hard work retraining the brain to work in concert with the body... She is losing the dizziness and gaining self-confidence.
"When I leave here I have to go get on a heating pad... but I know the next day it's going to be easier."
"Man I feel like I got a new lease on life."
It feels good to get troubled patients walking the straight and narrow again.
"It's probably the most rewarding feeling that I've ever had."
"Actually I forget that I have a problem."
And Mary can forget that fancy cane too. The worst is behind her... and I'll bet she'll make even greater strides in the future.For more information on Benign positional vertigo, click here.