By Maggie Zeppelin
Virtual reality is now a possible treatment for balance issues. A study conducted by Lund University had 20 men and women volunteers with balance issues participate. In the study, it was shown that women had a harder time keeping their posture, but overall it was difficult in the beginning. The virtual reality scene pictured a roller coaster which ended up giving them the sensation of movement from using their vision. Instead of using vision, the human body, with practice, uses sensory details from muscles in the legs. Once practiced multiple times, the volunteers used other senses than vision to keep their posture maintained. It was stated that older adults use vision more for balance than younger adults. This information can be useful to prevent falls in the elderly.