Brainport: The electric tongue stimulator for balance

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Brainport: The electric tongue stimulator for balance

Postby Daisy3 » Thu Jan 06, 2011 9:47 am

Is anyone using this? Montel Williams is taking part in their trial at Wisconsin.

If you are using it, how are you doing?

How can you get hold of one?
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Re: Brainport: The electric tongue stimulator for balance

Postby NHE » Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:08 am

Daisy3 wrote:Is anyone using this? Montel Williams is taking part in their trial at Wisconsin.

If you are using it, how are you doing?

How can you get hold of one?


So this is cool. They are finally going public with this device. We started discussing it and other aspects of neuroplasticity back in Jan '08. Check out the book, The Brain That Changes Itself by Dr. Norman Doidge.
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Postby hwebb » Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:47 pm

short video about Cheryl Schiltz, the "wobbler" who featured in The Brain That Changes Itself:

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Postby Daisy3 » Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:58 pm

The Brainport is not being sold in the UK anymore. The Wicab people sell it in Canada. No other countries have it I have been told.

The company is concentrating on the vision side of stuff. Although some people with MS have used it, I think the PonS machine that Montel Williams is trying is probably the replacement to this.

I think I am gonna try and get one and see if it helps my other half.
I am surprised more people have not tried it..
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Re: Brainport: The electric tongue stimulator for balance

Postby NHE » Mon Jan 10, 2011 2:49 am

Hi Daisy3,
Have you ever tried doing a Romberg test type of exercise? Every so often, I'll go to a room with no windows (my bathroom is good for this), set a timer for three minutes, turn out the lights so it's pitch dark, and stand with my feet together and my hands at my side. I find that I tend to wobble a bit from side to side and have to adjust my balance, but can usually make it the whole three minutes without moving my feet or leaning to one side or the other.

More info on the Romberg test...
http://www.mult-sclerosis.org/RombergTest.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romberg%27s_test

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Postby Daisy3 » Wed Jan 12, 2011 1:23 am

The Romberg exercise? No, I think my husbands neuro might have made him do it. We'll have a go though.

Think were going to try and chuck all that we can at the MS,so we are going to arrange a trip to Canada and see if this unit helps him at all. CCSVI is also on the cards too.

Thanks for your help NHE. If you think of anything else please post it!
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