Help for multiple sclerosis patients: balance rehabilitation.

Maintaining up-right posture and walking requires some complex neural circuits. So complex that it is a wonder that these circuits don’t fail more often than they do.

DTI imaging the tracts in the brain

When this system fails patient have trouble standing, walking, they fall frequently and often experience dizziness, nausea and symptoms of sea sickness while standing on dry land. Loss of balance control can be a result of malfunction in the brain, the cerebellum, the brainstem, the inner ear, vision problems, the spinal cord and even from neuropathy in the feet.

Most balance rehabilitation program focus on problems in the inner ear, which can be a major source of unsteadiness. Recent research suggests that a more comprehensive approach to balance rehabilitation may be more effective in restoring balance and reducing the risk of falls.

This only makes sense because in addition to the inner ear there are at least 7 other systems of the body that all contribute to balance and stability. Focusing on one or two without rehabilitation the others is a recipe for disappointing results.