Phase 2: VESTIBULAR / BALANCE / COORDINATION EXERCISES

Progressing to PHASE 2 requires the APPROVAL of an In-Joy Life Health Care Professional. Exercises may be modified slightly from these pictures based on your current health conditions or needs.

**Please note your take home sheet.**

The following exercises are designed to strengthen your postural integrity and stimulate the motor and PMRF regions of your brain. Ensure to perform 3-4 X / week.

One Leg Balance

Come into tall posture and focus on a non-moving object in your view. Begin to balance on one leg. Then swing the opposite leg up in front with a bent knee. If necessary use a light touch on the wall to start and progress to not using the wall for support. Hold for 30 seconds or until a loss of balance occurs and repeat 8-10 times.

Heel to Toe Walk

Slowly place one foot in front of the other making sure that the front foot heel makes contact withe back foot toes and repeat. Start with your arms out for added balance but as you progress over the days to weeks move arms down to your side. Walk 10 - 20 paces and repeat 3-4 times.

Ball Throw and Catch

Take a small ball such as a tennis ball and toss it at a specific target on the wall using the arm of interest. Complete for a total of 45 seconds and repeat 3 times daily.

Ball Dribble

Take a small ball such as a tennis ball and bounce it to your side repetitively. Complete for a total of 45 seconds and repeat 3 times daily.

Horizontal Stimulation

Stand upright on a wobble cushion and/or obtain a balanced and controlled posture in a Romberg position. Place finger in front of eyes approximately 12” away. Keep your eyes fixed on your finger and quickly turn your head to the Left or Right. Keep eye contact on your finger while rotating to the weak side. (only the side of weakness) then turn head back to center quickly.

While sitting securely on an unstable surface, like a wobble cushion or large exercise ball, shift your upper torso to the right than to the left while keeping eyes focused on a spot in front of your visual field. Repeat for a set of 10 each direction. Perform 3-5 times per day.

Posterior Stimulation

Stand upright on a wobble cushion and/or obtain a balanced and controlled posture in a Romberg position. Place finger in front of eyes approximately 12” away. Keep your eyes fixed on your finger and quickly turn your head back and to the Left or Right. Keep eye contact on your finger while rotating to the weak side. (only the side of weakness) then turn head back to center quickly.

Tandem Walk with Head Rotation

While walking heel to toe (Tandem Walking) with each step turn your head slowly Left than Right. Walk for 10 to 15 steps and repeat 4-5 times, 3-5 times per day.

Horizontal Stimulation Sitting on Unstable 
Surface (wobble cushion)

One Leg Balance on Unstable Surface with
Horizontal Head Turning

Balance on the weaker side of balance (as determined on exam. Balance on an unstable surface using either a balance cushion, instability cushion or Bosu ball. While maintaining a "Flamingo" type stance, slowly turn your head left and right 10 - 15 times. Repeat 3-5 times per day.