Our body coordinates three sources of sensory information to establish coordination, balance and equilibrium. Information from our eyes, our inner ears, and the joints of our body all supply information to the brain. A problem in any one of these three areas can send "incorrect" information to our brain and give us symptoms of imbalance. Problems in these systems can be peripheral in origin, related to disorders of the eyes and optic nerves, proprioceptive nerve endings and nerve bundles from the extremities, or the vestibular labyrinth and nerve. Alternatively, they can be central in origin if localized to either the spinal cord pathways or cortical regions regulating the three systems.
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