What is my brain’s role in balance?

Your care team and Nymbl are committed to helping you reduce your risk of falling. One of the often overlooked aspects of balance is your brain’s role, specifically your ability to process and “feel” information for balance reactions. As you age, your balance can decline. And if balance isn’t regularly practiced, it can lead to falls. 


Your brain has to first understand that you are falling; this is driven by information from your joints, inner ear, and eyes allowing you to know when you are falling or not. When those sensations all agree that you’re falling, your brain then has to enact a plan and move (e.g., stepping to catch yourself). Forgetting to train your brain and your balance may reduce your ability to catch yourself. This is why when fallers are asked “Why did you fall?” they respond “I don’t know…I didn’t realize I was falling.”

This is why challenging the brain and body together, known as dual-tasking, is so powerful. Dual-tasking trains you to be able to think and move simultaneously, ultimately better preparing you for the world and its many uncertainties. Nymbl does this with its combination of fun brain games and simple body movements.

If you’re struggling with balance or the fear of falling, you are not alone. At Nymbl, our goal is to empower you to live a confident and independent life free from the fear of falling. Nymbl can help. Nymbl is a scientifically-proven approach to fall prevention that makes balance training both fun and effective by combining simple body movements with brain games to challenge your body and mind at the same time.

Click the video below to learn more about brain and balance with Dr. Estrada

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