Balance & Coordination Exercises – Ask Doctor Jo

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Balance and coordination problems can be caused by injuries, inner ear issues like vertigo, general weakness and more. These exercises should help. Read Doctor Jo’s blog post about this video at

This video will show you balance and coordination exercises while you are moving. So you might want to get near something to hold onto for balance. You can also use your cane if you need to.

The first exercise is going to be like you are walking on a tight rope. We call this tandem gait. You might call it the drunk test. Put one foot right in front of the other. Try to look straight ahead if you can. If that is too difficult, you can put them close together, but not right in front of the other. If this becomes easy to do, then you can move your head from side to side, or even up and down while you are walking.

The next movement is going to be the Grapevine or Crossovers. You will start off going sideways. Take the outside foot and cross it over the other foot. Then step out moving in one direction. Now take the outside foot and go behind the other one. It will almost look like you are braiding your feet. If this becomes easy to do, then you can move your head from side to side, or even up and down while you are walking.

Now you are going to walk up on your toes. Try to stay up the whole time keeping your heels off the ground. Then change it to walking on your heels with your toes in the air. This one is actually a little harder so make sure you have something sturdy to hold onto if needed.

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Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy.


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DISCLAIMER: This video and any related comments are not medical advice. Doctor Jo is a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy; however, she is not YOUR Physical Therapist and can’t possibly diagnose you through the Internet. So don’t use this information to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they have given you. This information should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any medical condition. If you are not properly diagnosed, this information won’t help, and it could make things worse. If you experience any pain, stop immediately and see your healthcare professional.


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Sruthi Communications says:

Hello madam please help me I am a neuro patient help me give some good excuses

Sruthi Communications says:

Hello madam

Krista Bukaty says:

Perfect inspiration I needed for some new activities to try with some of my high level community folks. Thank you, Dr. Jo!

Aleena James says:

Ma'am I have cerebral palsy and I have problem while standing without support. Feels like falling down and highly spastic muscles. Will this excersice help me to recover?

Dolkar Lhamo says:

Want to know if this exercise is helpful for being paralysed and had been improve a bit now

dot dot dot says:

Hello will this help with ataxia or you have anything specific please

Basu Amruta says:

Dr..I'm nureo patient my walking is imbalance my 2 ankles very sprain and very nervous Ness.. plz how I cure plz tel me…

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Liam lll says:

My autism went away when I did these exercises for a few months, is this normal?

Sumit Saxena says:

Whether these exercises helpful in Difusse Cereberal Atrophy or not ?

DMZABO says:

Dr. Jo hey girl try those with size 15 shoes? But in all seriousness thank you for all of your great help along with your very positive attitude.

Sharu's world says:

Enikku balance pblm undu…bt ent drs parayunnu no ear pblm…then how to recover balance pblm…plz plz reply mam

Shivaji Das says:

I have subscribed long ago..are they good for neurological disorder

Rija Anjum says:

For how patients we can apply these coordination exercises?

seema pandya says:

I'm unable to have a proper balanced walk even a steady withstand

Greg Bankz says:

love this, Thank you. It's simple and effective. I was looking for exercises that new clients could do for me to measure there ability level

Valesh Kumar says:

I am suffering from balance disorder from the last 5 years and whenever i stand or walk i feel that i will fall down . Doctor told me that i am suffering from anxiety disorder but i feel these symptoms 24/7 . Can anyone have such kind of issue then plzz suggest me the treatment

Sumaira Naqvi says:

I have a problem in walking on left leg heel.When I walk on heel it automatically bends what I do to walk properly on left leg heel.


Whenever I stand I fall down forward or backward direction and lose my confidence

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