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People who have suffered a stroke often are coping with limited mobility, balance challenges, and having to re-learn everyday movements. According to research from Concordia University in Montreal, performing balance exercises under different sensory conditions can help improve postural stability in post-stroke patients. Because people rely on vision, limb sensations and the inner ear to maintain standing balance, it is possible to create different balance challenges by altering the inputs to one of those senses. Due to the physical implications of stroke, patients often rely heavily on their vision to maintain balance. Having these patients perform balance exercises in the dark, or with eyes closed, or using a moving focal point, can help engage the limbs and inner ear and enhance the effectiveness of rehabilitative balance training.