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Balance Control

Our Treatment Plan May Help Improve Your Balance Control!
balanceDo you notice that your balance and equilibrium are not as good as they used to be? If so, you are in good company with many others, especially if back pain disrupts your life. Back pain disturbs balance mechanisms and can be responsible for falls leading to injury. Chiropractic Care can help with exercise recommendations and treatment for underlying causes of balance issues.  
Low Back Pain's Influence on Balance
The quality of balance control is compromised in low back pain patients. Balance is associated with poor use of spinal motion as a component of good posture, and Chiropractic Care sees it every day. Comparing people with and without low back pain shows that people with chronic low back pain tend to use lumbar spine motion less frequently for postural control than pain-free individuals. Further, after voluntary arm movement, low back pain sufferers need more time and a greater number of postural adjustments to regain postural equilibrium or balance. Have you seen others when you are out and about in your neighborhood that have to grab onto a railing or wall to catch themselves? It would make sense that they have back pain.      
Motion of the lumbar spine is likely altered in people with chronic low back pain. This altered motion would be associated with impaired control of postural stability and balance. People with low back pain have a delayed start of low back flexion, bending forward motion and take longer to regain postural stability after such bending. The bottom line is that people with low back pain have compromised balance control that is associated with poor spinal mobility.
Chiropractic Care can work with you to improve your spinal mobility and balance control.
Blood Supply's Influence on Balance

Poor blood supply to spinal nerves when the spinal nerves are compressed by disc herniations is another explanation of such balance control and pain issues observed with chronic low back pain. This blood supply reportedly returns following the release of the nerve compression in surgery. Muscle weakness in the leg is also relieved as the nerve compression is released. This is an example of how releasing nerve compression can regain blood flow to nerves, improve muscle strength and ultimately aid in balance control and equilibrium. Chiropractic Care uses a specific treatment technique called Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression to decompress spinal nerves non-surgically.
Neck Pain's Influence on Balance, Especially Acute in Adolescents

Adolescents who have neck pain are at risk for developing chronic neck pain. Balance is influenced by nociceptors in the ligaments in the cervical spine. When these nociceptors are injured, balance problems may result. Adolescents may have a lower tissue tolerance to induce pain and an associated nociceptive response than do adults, so neck pain in adolescents may well be accompanied by balance problems.  
Chiropractic Treatment can help.

Balance recommendations are conservative. Chiropractic Care offers a thorough examination to young and older patients which will detect balance control issues. We will restore spinal motion and offer suggestions for improving your balance. Exercises to improve balance may be prescribed and we may suggest activities such as yoga to strengthen nerve pathways and postural muscles. Our expanded Health & Wellness Center offers the space to provide any prescribed exercises and Core Strength Yoga classes.
Contact Chiropractic Care for a thorough examination and treatment plan to include spinal manipulation as well as possibly some simple proprioceptive exercises to improve your balance and prevent injury as you go about your activities of daily living!

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