Quality chiropractic care provides patients with essential wellness benefits and can be used to cure many conditions effectively.
Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is for much more than back pain.
Quality chiropractic care can help treat and prevent everything from anxiety to sports injuries, to, yes, back pain.
Since many people think chiropractors only treat back pain, they miss out on all the other amazing benefits chiropractic care has to offer.
Chiropractic care's primary objective is to align your spine, so your nervous system functions properly, allowing your body to heal itself.
That will improve every aspect of your well being, not just your back.
One of the specific benefits people are missing out on that could be hugely beneficial for them is improved balance.
This can benefit countless people, especially seniors, preventing injury and improving overall performance.
In the article below, we will discuss how chiropractic care can improve your balance.
Table of Contents
- How Balance and Stability Work
- What Puts Our Balance At Risk?
- What Are The Risks of Poor Balance?
- How Does Chiropractic Care Help Balance?
- Get Balanced With Florida Spine and Injury
How Balance and Stability Work
Stability and balance are some of the most complex motor functions we perform daily.
Think about it - we are engaging, without even thinking about it, in being stable and balanced every single second we aren't laying down, even when we are sitting.
That means our bodies are always responding, reacting, and adjusting to signals sent through our nervous system continuously.
Sensory input from many sources flows into this series of signals, but the majority of information we gather from the outside world to keep our balance comes from our eyes and ears.
All of that data allows us to shift our weight, tense our core muscles, tilt your head, and quickly react to changes around us, without even realizing we're doing it.
When is the last time you tripped or slipped on something, and without even thinking, you regained your balance and prevented a fall from occurring? Our ability to do that seems like a tiny miracle.
It's an incredible achievement that most of us take for granted every day.
That is until it isn't so easy anymore.
What Puts Our Balance At Risk?
Several things can make balancing a little more difficult for people of all ages.
For example, if you break an ankle playing basketball, you are going to have a much harder time balancing than you would if your ankle wasn't broken.
This is a mechanical issue that shouldn't affect your balance as soon as your ankle heals.
Infants and young children have issues with their balance and stability.
This is due to all of their systems that influence their balance are still developing and improving. They will eventually grow out of it and be able to balance normally.
Luckily, while they are learning the ropes, they have bodies that are built to withstand frequent tumbles, falls, and stumbles with their soft, relatively flexible bones.
Another group that runs the risk of having poor balance and enduring the dangers of falling is the elderly.
As our bodies age, they aren't able to withstand as much physical stress, leaving us less physically responsive to balance signals sent from our brain.
Add in the additional challenges of reduced quality of vision and hearing that most of us will experience as we age, and it is easy to understand why balance and stability are a common issue for elderly adults.
What Are The Risks Of Poor Balance?
Luckily, for most of us, the risks of a fall due to poor balance are relatively minimal.
We might get a few cuts, scrapes, and bruises, but most of the time we can walk it off.
Even a broken bone that is the result of a fall will heal relatively quickly, and we'll be back to our old selves in no time.
However, when the elderly fall, the consequences can be much more devastating.
Believe it or not, falls are the leading cause of death in people who are 65 or older.
One-third of all seniors 65 and older have a serious fall every year.
And the older they get, the higher their chances of falling are, and the consequences of that fall get worse with each year that passes.
How Does Chiropractic Care Help Balance?
So what can chiropractic care do to improve our balance?
How is good balance achieved? Our eyes, ears, and brain send constant signals through our nervous system to the rest of our body so we can stay upright and stable.
Chiropractic care can't improve your sight or hearing, but it can definitely clear your nervous system's pathways through your neck and spine with chiropractic adjustments.
The adjustments will remove subluxations or physical obstructions in your neck and spine, making sure your nervous system can function at an optimal level.
Research has shown that subluxations will inhibit the effective delivery of neural signals for balance and stability, resulting in poor balance.
Removing the subluxations with chiropractic care can quickly begin to improve your balance and stability.
Get Balanced With Florida Spine and Injury
Balance is something we never think about; we just do it.
We wake up, get out of bed, and immediately start balancing ourselves.
We walk downstairs, up and down hills, over ice, through sand, all incredible feats when you think about it, but we do it with little to no effort.
We take advantage of our ability to balance every second of every day until we can't do it anymore.
There could be several reasons we lose the ability to balance, one of them being subluxations in our spines.
If you have recently started having trouble maintaining your balance, contact the team at Florida Spine & Injury.
Their chiropractors will give you a full exam and use spinal adjustments to work out your subluxations, giving you the ability to balance without thinking about it back.
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