As kids, nothing was more fun than spinning around and around until you were too dizzy to walk straight. You would fall to the ground laughing at how much fun the feeling was. Unfortunately, as an adult that feeling isn’t so fun. In fact, sometimes getting dizzy spells can be downright scary.
Often people place more emphasis on the maintenance of strength and endurance rather than balance and coordination, but the latter affords them the opportunity to complete everyday tasks that most of us take for granted.
Balance and coordination problems can come in many forms, such as a feeling like the room is spinning, difficulty walking in a straight line, lightheadedness, the sensation of fainting, a lack of coordination, and these can also lead to problems at work, driving, and more.
We’re all familiar with the many benefits of chiropractic care for back pain, neck pain, headaches and injuries. One of the other benefits of a functioning nervous system is better balance and coordination.
Balance is not only an often overlooked skill for athletes or fitness buffs, but it plays a significant role in the health of every person.
How Bodies Achieve Balance
Your eyes and ears collect data from the world around you and send this information to your brain to build a map of where each part of your body is at any time. Your brain puts all this information together and reacts accordingly to help you resist gravity. For the most part, these responses happen faster than you realise, and you often react and move in response to stimuli without full conscious realisation.
While your eyes and ears are critical for maintaining and controlling balance and coordination, there is much more in the body that goes into these functions. Your nervous system sends and receives the necessary signals for your body to respond. Your structure needs to be aligned to move properly to achieve the desired response, like staying upright or performing a sit-up. When these systems are off in some way, it can affect your balance and coordination.
As an example, imagine that your pelvis is slightly out of line. In an effort to compensate, a section of your back may go slightly out of line and this can also cause other parts of your body to misalign as they are all trying to compensate for the imbalance of the others. This will not only put your nervous system under stress and have an impact on your coordination and balance, but could also contribute to injuries and pain.
Chiropractic Care Helps Achieve and Maintain Balance
A chiropractor can help improve balance and coordination by restoring the proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system. A chiropractor restores the proper alignment through chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments not only restore your body to proper balance, but it also improves the function of your nervous system.
Chiropractic adjustments are an important part of improving balance and coordination. Additionally, your Chiropractor may provide some lifestyle advice in regard to things like diet and posture to further ensure the healthy function of your body as whole.
Everyone wants to keep their functional abilities in tip-top shape, so no matter your age or fitness level, chiropractic care can greatly benefit you and preserve your balance and coordination.