Walking With Our Cerebellum

Walking is something that we often take for granted. If we want something, we get up and start moving towards the object. This wouldn’t be possible if our Cerebellum wasn’t fully functional.

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The cerebellum is vital for our voluntary (we control the movement) tasks such as walking and keeping our balance to stay upright. It is located above our brainstem (see picture) and consist of two hemispheres.

 

 

The cerebellum receives information via the spinal cord (sensory information) and areas of the brain to coordinate movement.

 
When patients damage their cerebellum, often times they will have a hard time with balance and muscle coordination.

 

So how can we keep our Cerebellum healthy? Limiting alcohol can be beneficial since large amounts can affect the cerebellum. Along with being physically active.

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