More balance exercises

Try here and keep on smiling. :slightly_smiling_face:

:slightly_smiling_face: I’d have no problem with sitting/flexibility/strength…but the other exercises wouldn’t leave me smiling :wink:

Well I did mean pick and choose safely and wisely! :slightly_smiling_face: :worried: The most helpful bit to me is where it says to do it slowly. That’s the rub isn’t it? That’s what we can’t do. So exercise it. Retrain the brain. Apparently you can retrain the brain even if you have no cerebellum. A neurosurgeon told me that and I’ve found it so. We bought a rug recently and neither of us guessed it would cause problems but I couldn’t make that step on to it although it was only 1/4 inch. After a few weeks my brain was retrained and now I have no difficulty (apart from always being wobbly).

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:thinking: I don’t know how much faith I have in ‘retraining’…but I have gotten used to changes in the past so that is a form of retraining.
Differences in underfoot surfaces faze me, we have hard flooring everywhere but bathrooms and I notice immediately when I’m standing on carpet. I don’t feel as stable because there’s a certain amount of give beneath my feet. Bearing this in mind I chose tightly woven short pile carpet, but it still ‘throws’ me…


I’m afraid if I tried nearly all of them I would end up falling. Maybe they’re OK for people who are not as advanced .

:slightly_smiling_face: I’ve found most exercises done standing are less than helpful to my Vestibular issues, but it’s been pointed out to me that chair based exercises are still doable. To find some have a look on YouTube :slightly_smiling_face:


Vestibular issues … mmm, that rings a bell. A doctor once told me some of the hairs in those semi-circular canals had been destroyed. By radiation I think rather than ataxia.

:slightly_smiling_face: That’s possibly one cause.
This is what I have…But, despite having several manoeuvres I fail to get relief. I’ve been told the longer something goes untreated the harder it is to treat.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (or BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo, which is a false sensation of spinning. It occurs when some of the calcium carbonate crystals (otoconia) that are normally embedded in gel in the utricle become dislodged and migrate into one or more of the 3 fluid-filled semicircular canals, where they are not supposed to be. It causes episodes of vertigo, triggered by movement and changes in position. BPPV can be effectively treated with the appropriate mechanical maneuvers performed by a qualified healthcare professional.

Beryl, you once said you had whiplash injuries. This is another cause of vestibular issues

:slightly_smiling_face: Good memory :wink:
Yes, I have had whiplash…I’ve also had chronic eye problems (Iritis), and double vision + Nystagmus…not a good mix with vertigo…
Currently Cataracts are adding to the challenges…I’m on a waiting list to see a Specialist :crossed_fingers:

DIFFERENT. I feel more stable when standing on carpeting because my rheumatoid arthritis has me unable to find shoes to put on my feet. I wear yoga slippers which have nubs on the bottom. No slipping.

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For me, it’s a combination of the rug feeling a difference from what it’s used to, together with needing to stand on one foot as I make the step.
Talking about shoes reminds me that this ‘training your brain’ stuff is like learning how to tie your shoelaces. I’ve heard that more than once.