Watch this 2 minute YouTube video posted by Steve who has Parkinson’s symptoms for a tip that:
Is simple to do
Can be done right now
Requires no practice
Involves no training program
This is by far the best idea I have heard about in a long time that helps improve balance and enhances mobility. I suspect it is effective because it opens up energetic meridians throughout the body that have led to poor posture and drained your energy.
What Shoes Tell You about Balance Problems (and Possible Back Pain)
I have a suggestion that will eat up 15 seconds of your day. That is not a bad deal, right? Better yet, what you discover in these 15 seconds will very likely reveal the actual reason for any balance issues (or back problems) you may currently be experiencing.
Convinced to do it? I hope so.
Examine how the heels of your shoes are wearing. (OK. Maybe the task is a little longer than 15 seconds if you have to take off your shoes, but not much longer). If the heels of your shoes show more wear on the outside than inside, it probably means your hips are misaligned. Your balance will be compromised. Worse, your back may be screaming out in pain whenever you take a step.
I know just about as much as you do about hip misalignments. How do I know wearing on the heels of shoes tell all? In my earlier years I had severe back pain. My solution initially was to see a chiropractor. Did the chiropractor observe me walking so the problem could be evaluated? Nope! All he did was look at the bottom of my shoes.
Here is a picture of the shoes I wore at the time.
You probably first noticed that these shoes have not been polished. Well, hey. I was focused on earning my PhD, not on making sure my shoes were polished.
What I want you to notice is the wearing on the outside half of the heels on both shoes. I was placing most of my weight on the outside edges of both feet when walking and running rather than the inside edges. Centered balance is achieved when we place more weight on the inside edges of our feet than the outside. The foot is built to withstand more weight there.
Years pass. Check out what the heels of my current shoes look like today.
First, notice that I wear shoes today that do not have to be polished. I still did not polish shoes after I finished graduate school so I now buy shoes that do not need polishing.
Second, notice that the wear on the bottom of the heels is more even – not perfect by any means – but a lot better than shown in the first image of shoes from graduate school days.
How does the wearing on the soles of my shoes “tell all” today? I have no back pain.
In summary, if you are having balance problems, examine the heels of your shoes. The cause of the problem may well be rooted in a misalignment of your hips.
I have just developed a program that offers a wide variety of strategies, tips, suggestions, therapies and programs that bring hips back into perfect alignment. Click on the link below for the inside scoop on my new program.
Many options exist to bring hip problems back into balance. If your hips are not in perfect alignment today (by inspecting wearing on the heels of your shoes) rest assured that you hips eagerly await your tender loving attention. They do not want to be out of balance any more that you do!
Most people figure that solutions to balance problems must be difficult, painful and tedious. Surely it must take months and months to address balance problems successfully. Right?
In the following video I present one eloquent suggestion that will lead you to a very different conclusion. Solutions to balance problems are actually easy when you realize that you had the solution in your hip pocket all along.
For information on the Walk with Ease and Confidence program visit
Are you having difficulty with maintaining good balance?
Have you fallen in the past or fear you may fall in the future?
I have exciting news for you.
A new, easily accessible resource that addresses these concerns is – at long last – now available. The Parkinsons Recovery Walk with Ease and Confidence membership documents the strategies, “steps”and programs you can pursue that improve balance and prevent falls. The ideas are presented in the forms of text, clips of interviews from
Parkinsons Recovery radio shows, videos taken at the various Parkinsons Recovery Summits and YouTube videos.
Why Did I Create This New Resource?
I have hosted hundreds of radio show guests on Parkinsons Recovery radio shows over the past 10 years. My guests have discussed amazing strategies and fascinating programs to improve balance and prevent falls. These suggestions and ideas have always been (and will continue to be) accessible for free.
I realized recently that most people with mobility issues do not know about these solutions. How could this be so? The suggestions and strategies I have meticulously documented over the past decade are, practically speaking, inaccessible. There is so much information scattered all over the place it would take months to locate the information you need.
I have dedicated my time this year to extract audio clips from radio shows, edit videos from Parkinsons Recovery Summits and select posts from my blog that have offered solutions for improving balance and preventing falls. The content is now organized in one place for easy access – the new Walk with Balance and Confidence membership.
Here are a few of the topics that are covered in my new program:
How to Prevent Falling Forward
Two Exercises To loosen Rigidity
Practical Ways to Improve Arm Swing
How to Improve Your Posture
Strategy to Unlock Freezing
Strategies to Avoid Freezing
A Vitamin that Prevents Falls and Improves Overall Balance
How to Hard Wire Your Brain to walk effortlessly
How to make dopamine naturally
How to prevent falls
Mobility Issues Caused by Metal Amalgams, Jewelry and Toxic Exposure
Click on “Improve Balance and Prevent Falls” below to learn more about my new membership program.
Many of the therapies I have identified in my research over the past six years require a minimum level of functionality. We know exercise helps many people with their recovery, but if a person falls repeatedly and has balance problems, exercise may not really be a viable option. Moreover, if movement is problematic, it is very challenging to reverse any symptoms that might currently be experienced.
On my radio show today (Wednesday, April 4, 2012) Physical Therapist Cindy Horn discusses a solution she has recently invented: Balance Based Torso Weighting Technology. To watch a video demonstration of this custom weighted jacket, click on the link below:
I am doing better with the Parkinson’s. I wish I didn’t have a balance problem when I walk. I am walking with my mother in the morning 2 miles. My equilibrium is off, but it is better now that I am walking.
Do you have any ideas how I can help myself. The tremors are so much better since I do not have stress in my life.
Isn’t it so sweet to honor and acknowledge the profound impact stress has on symptoms and – better yet – to see what happens when you succeed in reducing stress. That is certainly cause for celebration. Congratulations.
Your general question regarding balance problems is one many people can relate to. Obviously I have no idea what is causing your specific balance challenge and even if I did, I am not qualified to suggest a remedy since I am a researcher (Ph.D.) not a medical doctor.
If I were personally experiencing balance problems, I would pursue the checklist below:
First, am I taking any medications whose side effects cause balance problems? If so, I need to consult with a compounding pharmacist who might suggest to my doctor an alternative medication that does not have balance problems as a side effect.
Second, I have personally experienced ear problems throughout my lifetime – infections, difficulty hearing from one ear, etc. I might suspect that the balance problems are centered in problems I have with my ear. I have recently regained significant hearing in my bad ear by eliminating fungi and bacteria that were hanging out in my inner ear.
Third, I would explore the deeper meaning of my balance problems:
What is off balance in my personal life?
What is off balance in my work life?
Am I being jostled from one assignment to the next, or one task to the next without being able to complete any task satisfactorily?
Do I always feel suspended in a state of rushing from one unfinished task to another?
Am I doing what gives my heart and soul pleasure?
Am I always doing what I am told to do rather than what I want to do?
Is there someone in my life who is continuously knocking me off balance?
Depending on the answers, I would make some changes to correct the imbalances in my life.
Fourth, I would strengthen my grounding – which is my connection to mother earth. Right now you are not grounded. With electrical outlets there is always a grounding line which connects the electricity to the ground. That is also what humans must do to maintain balance and energy.
We are out of balance because most of our energy field floats primarily around our head, not our feet. You will want to even out the distribution of your energy field so that there is a solid foundation around your feet. Right now your field probably looks like an upside down triangle (with the point of the triangle at the bottom). You will want to shift that triangle 180 degrees so that the flat side of the triangle is at the bottom (at your feet). Pay more attention to your feet!
We believe grounding is so important that we teach people grounding techniques in our Jump Start to Wellness events. People trained in energy healing are good resources that can give you techniques that will be helpful.
May you feet land solidly on the ground and may you find balance harmony throughout each passing day.