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Chiropractic and balance: why balance is important

March 18th, 2024 by
Category: Dr Ruchi Adams Health & Wellbeing

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We all aim for balance in our lives, whether it’s finding harmony between work and leisure to enjoy moments with friends and family or simply achieving physical stability and coordination as we move around.

Why does physical balance matter?

Balance is crucial for navigating daily activities smoothly. Without it, routine tasks such as bathing, cooking, cleaning, or merely walking around the house become difficult, as a lack of balance leads to feelings of instability and uncoordinated movements. Improving balance is beneficial for individuals of all ages, enhancing overall health and well-being. Engaging in exercises specifically designed to enhance balance, like the single-leg squat, is particularly vital as we age. These exercises are key in lowering the risk of falls and injuries.

Achieving balance is a sophisticated process that involves the seamless coordination of muscles, joints, eyes, ears, and the brain. These elements work together to provide constant feedback across the body, enabling us to position ourselves effectively in any space. If any of these crucial components are compromised, the integrated flow of information throughout the body is disrupted. This disruption can lead to a loss of balance, as the system struggles to compensate for the diminished spatial awareness, affecting our ability to interact with our environment safely.

Common causes of balance issues

Balance issues can arise from a variety of factors, with the most common causes including:

  • Misalignments: Misalignments can occur in joints, muscles, or bones, impacting an individual’s balance. These misalignments may lead to falls or overuse injuries within the body. Furthermore, when joints and bones are not aligned properly, it can result in increased muscular tension, making the body feel stiffer and more susceptible to injuries.
  • Nerve Issues: Misaligned bones and joints can also irritate nerves, disrupting the speed at which signals are transmitted to the brain and throughout the body. This disruption is particularly significant for nerves that control balance, as impaired neural communication can lead to symptoms such as vertigo, dizziness, and poor coordination.
  • Gait Problems: Gait, how we walk plays a crucial role in our balance. Issues such as feeling as though one is tripping over their own feet often stem from misalignments in the pelvis or spine, which can alter movement in the lower back area. These misalignments can affect your stride— the length of each step you take—leading to an abnormal gait and, consequently, balance problems.

Chiropractic and balance

Chiropractic care, known for its hands-on approach, may effectively address these issues, aiding in restoring proper balance and reducing disorientation. The primary therapies used by Chiropractors include:

  • Spinal Adjustments: Aimed at correcting the positioning of bones that are incorrectly aligned, this therapy involves applying a small, directed force manually to reposition the targeted bones within a joint. This can restore movement and function while alleviating pain from misaligned joints.
  • Soft Tissue Therapy: This addresses the irritation of muscles, tendons, and ligaments through techniques like muscle release, static compressions, and muscle stripping (similar to massage). Since muscular tension can affect balance by restricting joint movement, it’s essential to relieve these tight muscles to aid in regaining balance and improving mobility.
  • Rehabilitation Exercises: Although not a direct hands-on method performed during treatment, Chiropractors often prescribe specific exercises designed to improve balance and coordination. These exercises are crucial for maintaining or enhancing the benefits of Chiropractic care, helping individuals with balance issues become more body-aware and preventing the recurrence of balance problems.

Balance issues may be effectively managed with the help of a Chiropractor, who also plays a crucial role in relieving any related discomfort arising from a disturbance in the body’s natural equilibrium. Through a collaborative approach, both the patient and the Chiropractor work together to reestablish bodily harmony by addressing spine, joint, and muscle corrections. This partnership significantly enhances the individual’s well-being by restoring balance, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life.

Sources

  • https://oasishealthcentre.com.au/articles/default/643168-enhance-your-balance-and-coordination-with-chiropractic
  • https://wphphysio.com.au/sports-physiotherapy-treatment/importance-balanced/

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