As we age, keeping a strong sense of balance becomes more important. Many older men and women break bones (usually hips) due to a balance-related fall. When we were younger, we didn’t think much about balance. It was something there and almost always reliable. Then life became more sedentary–full time desk job and long commute–or a serious illness or injury struck. Suddenly, the lack of balance in activities as simple as getting out of bed in the morning became more prevalent.
Many parts of your body contribute to good balance. Your eyes and ears play a critical role in helping maintain balance and coordination. Keep these senses working by having regular check ups. Medications can cause dizziness or light-headedness. Talk with your doctor if you have these symptoms; you may need a different dosage or a different drug. Having a weak “core” (muscles running through the center of the body) can also impact your sense of balance. Add yoga or weight lifting to your cardio to strengthen your core. Ensure your nervous system is working properly. Given how much the nervous system controls in the body, it makes sense that if the spine is out of alignment and the nerves are sending the wrong signal, your balance may be impacted.
As an example, let’s say your pelvis is slightly tilted to one side. Your body compensates for this tilt by moving your spine. With your spine out of alignment you may start to feel pain in your back as the body continues to compensate. And so it goes like an avalanche. The tilted pelvis and subsequent misalignments start to cause stress to the nervous system and impact coordination and balance.
Your chiropractor can help you get back to normalcy. He/She first corrects alignment of your musculoskeletal system through adjustments. This helps restore proper function to your body including your nervous system. If the nervous system is sending the right messages, chances are you’ll see an improved sense of balance.
Talk to your chiropractor about problems with balance. Working from the inside out can do wonders to not only relieve pain, but restore coordination and balance and ultimately prevent future injuries.
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