Balance is essential for spinal health
Balance is innate- the three main requirements for balance are vision, the vestibular system and the somatic sensory system. These three elements work together to define your position in space, while keeping you upright and centered, whether stationary or in motion. From a chiropractor’s perspective, balance is further defined by your level of control over equilibrium and stability. This has important ramifications for wellness, injury prevention and athletic performance. But so many people treat balance as just another subconscious human process; the reality is, improving balance is a signal way to improve your overall health, while preventing against spinal injury and degeneration.
Improving your biomechanic potential starts by focusing on balance
To the eyes of a chiropractor, balance issues are startlingly obvious. Nonetheless, we include a balance analysis as part of any chiropractic assessment- it’s called a postural analysis and it gives us key indicators into the way you carry your body throughout the day. Balance is broken down into two main categories: static and dynamic, where the former refers to balance while standing still and the latter refers to balance during motion.
Both forms of balance require knowledge of your center of gravity, awareness of healthy posture that supports the spine, and stability of the muscles that support balance and posture. At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we want to change the way you think about balance so that you can start using it to your advantage.
How chiropractic helps you find balance
Besides knowledge and awareness, chiropractic also helps you find balance with hands-on modalities like spinal adjustment which restore alignment to the spine. Increased spinal alignment, better function of the nervous system, enhanced range of motion in the spinal joints and less imbalance in the musculature are all factors that contribute to better balance and coordination. If you are interested in boosting balance in your life, give our office in Dunedin a call to schedule an appointment today.