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How to Improve MS-Related Imbalance

July 12, 2017

Multiple sclerosis (MS) patient, Debi Wilson, writes about her experience with MS-related imbalance. She explains how imbalance was one of the earliest symptoms that appeared before her MS diagnosis. She didn’t think much of it at the time, until it started increasing throughout the years. She would occasionally bump into walls and nearly fall. The article, “Causes of balance and walking problems,” from the Multiple Sclerosis Society U.K., examines why MS patients may experience issues with their balance. It stresses how many body parts need to work together in order to have “good balance.” Essentially, when MS is present, it affects how the brain shares information and causes imbalance.

Vision, and inner ear and sensory issues in MS are some of the problems that can affect your balance, Wilson shares. Balance issues can also be caused by vertigo, inner ear infections, or something unrelated to MS. Wilson advises to speak with your doctor if you notice any changes in your balance. The Multiple Sclerosis Society U.K. suggests making an appointment with a physiotherapist, occupational therapist, or an MS nurse to help with MS-related balance issues. Anyone of them can help set up an exercise routine to help improve posture and strengthen your muscles. Some of these exercises include yoga. Pilates, and tai chi. Other common techniques mentioned to help improve imbalance are vestibular exercises and compensation techniques. Fatigue or spasticity also can impact balance, so it is best to try to manage those issues by talking to your doctor to find some more helpful options.