I say the nurophyiotherapist at the MS clinic I am treated at.
She gave me two new-to-me exercises to do. The first is a balance exercise and the second a fixed gaze stability exercise.
It’s important to learn how to rebalance - instabilty is OK!
- Stand with your feet together in the corner of the room (to make you sure you know you won’t fall over sideways and crash to the floor).
- While you stand there you need to mulit-task so you’re doing something that stops you focussing on your balance and trying not to fall over. They physio suggested counting backwards from 100 in 7’s.
Fixed gaze stablility…
- Fix your gaze on your two thumbs held steady in front of you.
- Move your head side to side.
- Nudge into your symptoms. In other words, do this until you’ve started to feel something, then stop. Don’t make yourself dizzy! Wtih time it’ll take a bit longer before you start to feel it affecting you.
I have been doing these exercises a few times during the day when I’m not feeling unsteady and dizzy. I started on Tuesday, and I’m already seeing an improvement! I can stand longer counting backwards before I get so unsteady I stop - I get to zeroish now! I found walking easier today. It’s a hot day so I was not expecting it!
I have some hope now that I won’t be housebound holding on the the furniture for the rest of my life