What is my brain’s role in balance?

Click the video below to learn more about your brain and balance with Nymbl’s 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 may 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.

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 is a scientifically-proven¹ 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. Nymbl is fully covered by your health plan and is available at no additional cost to you.

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Nymbl’s technology is intended to improve balance, strength and coordination, and to help individuals who have experienced, or are at risk for, weakness or loss of balance or mobility. It is important to work with a medical professional if you notice that you are developing weakness, mobility or balance problems, as this can indicate a serious medical condition. Nymbl is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. The information provided by Nymbl is for general purposes, and is not intended to constitute medical advice. You are encouraged to confirm any information provided by Nymbl with other sources and your healthcare provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency during use of the program, call your doctor or emergency medical phone number immediately.