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What’s up with my balance!
By Dr. Lars I.E. Oddsson, PhD.

Our ability to maintain balance during standing, walking and other activities is only possible because of an intricate interaction between sensory information about our environment and the precise actions of muscles that move our body. Most of the time balance control happens automatically and without our conscious awareness. In fact, balance is something most of us don’t think much about, we simply take it for granted, until something goes wrong!

The intent of this blog is to help share knowledge about how the balance system works, what can go wrong and what can be done to maintain or improve balance function using low- or high-tech solutions.

Always talk to your doctor if you have balance problems and if you don’t’ get the help you need, go to someone else for a second opinion. There are a number of different causes of balance problems and a correct diagnosis is important so you can receive the best possible intervention.

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  1. Gary Jader

    Cool! I like that you’re talking about this. So many people, particularly seniors, have a huge problem with their balance and end up falling, breaking a hip, or worse. What can the average senior do to improve his or her balance?

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  2. loddsson Post author

    Hi Gary! Thank You for your comment. Yes, falling is a huge and growing problem in the aging population as well as for patients with a disease that affects balance, such as Peripheral Neuropathy. In an upcoming blog post I will share results from a research study showing that healthy seniors can improve their balance using specific exercises that provide a relevant challenge. Additional posts will discuss “low-tech” as well as emerging “high-tech” solutions to improve balance function.

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  3. Deepak Gaddipati

    Lars, great idea of aggregating strategies for fall prevention. We have a high-tech product VirtuBalance that helps objectively assess sensory deficits (visual, vestibular and somatosensory) and also performs real-time gait analysis to provide dynamic balance assessment. We also have a bio-feedback based training to improve balance (hip-ankle strategies) and movement of arms for hand-eye coordination. Link for the product is http://virtusensetech.com/virtubalance.html. Call us at 309-495-7325 if you want to discuss more.

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  4. Melody

    Hi, I’m trying to reach Dr. Oddsson for help with my Mal debarquement I’ve suffered from for over 2 months now. Please help me get my life back. If you are still reading these responses I hope you could please email or call me, I am hoping to get the special vibrating socks that I read about you and another doctor tested on patients.
    Please help me. Thank you.
    Melody
    azzizzirani@yahoo.com
    (206) 718-9517

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