What is my brain’s role in balance?
Click the video below to learn more about your brain and balance with Dr. Estrada
Nymbl understands that achieving your best health is a journey. Your past, present, and future health matters to us, and we are with you every step of the way. This week, we’re discussing your brain’s role in balance.
One commonly overlooked part of balance is your brain. Your brain must first understand that you are falling, which is driven by information from your joints, inner ear, and eyes. When these sensations all agree that you’re falling, your brain creates a plan and alerts you to move, like stepping to catch yourself. Not training your brain and body to work together can decrease your ability to catch yourself during a fall. This is why when fallers are asked how they fell, they typically respond with, “I don’t know. I didn’t realize I was falling.”
The good news is you can improve your balance by training your brain and body to work together, also known as dual-tasking. Dual-tasking challenges you to think and move at the same time, which helps your balance reflexes and better prepares you for the world and its many uncertainties.