What Is Balance?
The body has 3 main balance systems: Vision, somatosensory and vestibular. These systems work together to maintain your balance and to tell your nervous system where you are in space.
The somatosenosry system: this provides feedback to your braiin from the skin, joints, tendons and muscles.
The Vestibular system: there is a sensitive organ in the inner earwhich responds to movememtns of your head and changes of position.
Vision: If you close your eyes you are effectively removing one of the 3 systems, which can expose how well the other systems are working.
By practicing balance exercises you will improve the sensitivity of the first two systems. But it is also important to practice balance with your eyes closed. If you are overdependant on your vision to stay balanced this may make you vulnerable to injury if your eyes are engaged in another task.