Do you feel dizzy, lightheaded, or unsteady when you stand up too quickly? Have you ever felt that you’re going to fall after sitting or standing for a period of time? These may be signs of poor balance and coordination. Whether you’re extremely physically active or live a more sedentary lifestyle, proper balance is important to overall good health. If you’ve recently been in an accident that caused injury to your head or neck or have noticed a significant decline in your balancing abilities, you may benefit from chiropractic adjustments.
What Can Affect Your Balance?
The major body functions that play a key role in your balance and coordination abilities are your sight, hearing, and nervous system. The eyes and ears collect data from your surroundings and send them to the brain to process. The brain then sends signals to the body to quickly and efficiently respond to your situation. If you’ve ever had an ear infection or have tried to walk in a straight line with your eyes closed, you understand that it can be difficult to keep your balance when these senses are compromised.
The central nervous system, from your brain down to the tail-end of your spinal cord, is also essential to balance. It is the transmitter of the signals from the brain to structural parts of the body, allowing you to properly react to your environment. With regard to balance, if you snagged your shoe on the edge of a rug, bumped into another person, or just stood up and started walking, it’s the central nervous system that is working hard to keep you upright and centered while in motion. When you have a misalignment in any part of your nervous system, the supporting parts will go slightly out of line to compensate for the imbalance. While this is effective in keeping you vertical, it can lead to imbalance, poor coordination and eventually pain in the misaligned areas. This is exactly when a spinal adjustment can be incredibly helpful.
How Can Chiropractic Adjustments Help Your Balance?
By restoring correct alignment of your spine, a chiropractor can help restore balance and improve the function of the central nervous system. Your bones, muscles, and joints may come out of alignment from any number of ordinary, everyday activities such as bending down and standing up, driving, exercising, and sleeping,
In addition, a chiropractor may recommend exercise and stretch routines to sustain proper alignment and maintain or improve your balance. A chiropractor may also suggest modifications to your lifestyle, such as improving your diet or posture, to decrease the risk of misalignment and support a healthy body overall.
At Lynx Healthcare, your health is our mission. Make an appointment with one of our doctors to talk about what you can do for your pain management needs. To make an appointment at our offices in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Oregon, Yakima, or Goldendale Pain Clinics, call (509) 591-0070. To make an appointment at our Spokane location, call (509) 321-4575.