Chiropractic Care’s Effect on Balance

For most of us, walking and standing is second nature and has been since we acquired the skills as babies. The ability to balance is critical to how we function throughout the day, and without the ability to stay upright, we become unable to accomplish many of our normal tasks. Proper balance relies on our senses, muscle strength, musculoskeletal alignment, and proper nervous system function. Any small dysfunction in these processes can lead to negative consequences on our balance and coordination. If your balance needs improvement, visiting a Cape Coral chiropractor for upper cervical chiropractic care can lead to drastic improvements.

What Causes Imbalance?

All messages that the brain sends the body on how to operate come from the central nervous system, making it one of the most important systems of your body. Any interruption to the central nervous system will affect that communication and lead to a variety of health concerns. These interruptions can be caused by misalignments in the spine, some of which can lead to impaired balance and coordination problems. The inner ear can also be the root of issues such as vertigo, which causes dizziness and affects balance. Even if you haven’t suffered an injury or traumatic event, daily wear and tear on the body can lead to improper spinal alignment and the negative effects of it. In order to be in outstanding health, your muscles and bones must work together to hold you upright and get through your day. Not only can spinal alignment affect this ability, but so can hip alignment, leg length, and general muscle shifting. Upper cervical chiropractic care can ensure your body is in alignment and lead to an improvement in balance.

Chiropractic Care for Balance

Just like maintenance is required to keep your car or household appliances running, your body also requires this kind of proactive maintenance care. Making a point to regularly see Dr. Omar Clark and Dr. Taylor Van Horn for upper cervical chiropractic care is a proactive step towards maintaining health. This care addresses issues of the central nervous system by correcting spinal misalignments, getting to the root cause of balance issues and more. A number of case studies indicate the positive effects that chiropractic care can have on balance. Many military personnel rely on steady balance to perform their duties, and a study of these personnel shows that in addition to balance and coordination, chiropractic care can also alleviate lower back pain. Another population where chiropractic care has been proven to improve balance is in the elderly. It is especially important for older adults to focus on balance, as falls are a leading cause of injuries among that population.

To see the positive effects that upper cervical chiropractic care can have on balance, contact the Cape Coral chiropractors that you can count on to improve your overall health and wellness. Dr. Omar Clark and Dr. Taylor Van Horn practice at Experience Family Chiropractic and they are looking forward to serving you and your family with principled, neurologically-based chiropractic care. Contact them now and schedule your consultation today.

 

 

Sources

Ndetan, H., Hawk, C., Sekhon, V.K., Chiusano, M. “The Role of Chiropractic Care in the Treatment of Dizziness or Balance Disorders: Analysis of National Health Interview Survey Data.” Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary Alternative Medicine, 2016 Apr; 21(2): 138-42. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26362851

Strunk, R.G., Hawk, C. “Effects of chiropractic care on dizziness, neck pain, and balance: a single-group, preexperimental, feasibility study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2009 Dec; 8(4): 156–164. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2786230/

Vining, R., Minkalis, A., Long, C.R., Corber, L., Franklin, C., Gudavalli, M.R., Xia, T., Goertz, C.M. “Assessment of chiropractic care on strength, balance, and endurance in active-duty U.S. military personnel with low back pain: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial.” Trials, 2018 Dec 5; 19(1): 671.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30518400

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