By Vestibular Disorders Association, March 27, 2014
“Vestibular Disorders” are conditions that effect a person’s balance and/or create feelings of disorientation. Since balance is controlled by the brain, inner ear, and visual input, problems with any combination of these can result in vestibular difficulty. (The term “vestibular” refers to a person’s perception of their body’s position or movement.)
Here is a passage from the website of the Vestibular Disorders Association, an organization dedicated to helping people who suffer from balance problems. (We’ve added the bold italics.)
“A baby learns to balance through practice and repetition as impulses sent from the sensory receptors to the brain stem and then out to the muscles form a new pathway. With repetition, it becomes easier for these impulses to travel along that nerve pathway—a process called facilitation—and the baby is able to maintain balance during any activity. Strong evidence exists suggesting that such synaptic reorganization occurs throughout a person’s lifetime of adjusting to changing motion environs.”
In other words, it’s never too late to begin improving your balance! Here’s the link to the webpage: http://vestibular.org/understanding-vestibular-disorder/human-balance-system
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