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Improving your balance and coordination with chiropractic care may seem foreign to you. After all, most people see chiropractors as back pain specialists only. However, by improving the mobility of your spine and nervous system, chiropractors can help improve your overall health not just back pain. In this blog post, I’m going to talk about the importance of balance and coordination for your overall health and how chiropractic care can help improve them.
The connection between the spine and balance/coordination
Our bodies rely on a complex system of nerves and muscles to maintain balance and coordination. However, one of the most crucial components of this system is the spine. The spine plays a vital role in maintaining proper alignment and ensuring that our movements are coordinated. Misalignments in the spine disrupt the nervous system which can lead to problems with balance and coordination. This is where chiropractic care comes in to help. By correcting spine misalignments and the function go your nervous system, chiropractic care can improve your balance and coordination.
Furthermore, there are lots of small nerves in your ankles and feet that have a direct effect on balance and coordination. So correcting misalignments within your ankle and feet can improve your balance and coordination as well.
Specific adjustments to improve balance and coordination with chiropractic care
A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a misaligned spinal bone or an extremity bone. The adjustments realign your bones and improve their mobility so your nervous system works better.
Chiropractors use a variety of spine and extremity adjustments to help improve your balance and coordination. Ultimately, any type of adjustment to your spine and extremity can improve your alignment, balance and coordination. However, there are certain areas of your body that have more of an impact on your balance and coordination.
As previously mentioned, getting your ankle and feet adjusted (if indicated) can have a profound effect on your balance and coordination.
As well, your upper part of your neck has lots of nerves that are connected with the balance and coordination area of your brain. It is for this reason that getting adjustments to the upper part of your neck are important to improve your balance and coordination.
Exercise to improve your balance and coordination
Chiropractors can assess your balance and coordination and prescribe specific exercises to help improve them. In saying that, almost any type of exercise, if done regularly, can improve your balance and coordination. However, there are some activities that are more beneficial than others. For example, any activity where you are on your feet and strengthens the legs would be best. Here are some examples:
- Tai chi
- Brisk walking
- Tennis or other racquet sport
- Martial arts
- Rock climbing
- Weight training
- Cross fit
Aim for at least 20 minutes of activity three times a week. Gradually extend the time and increase the number of days to work up to the following:
- 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week (like yoga or dancing) or,
- 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity per week (like running or playing sports) or,
- 30 minutes of highest-intensity exercise per week (like sprinting, jumping rope, or weight training)
Benefits of Improved Balance and Coordination
Improved balance and coordination offer numerous benefits for overall health. By reducing the risk of falls and improving athletic performance, you can enjoy a more active lifestyle. Better balance and coordination will help you achieve better posture, which can also help reduce the risk of back pain and other injuries. Chiropractic care can help you achieve these benefits.
Who Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care for Balance and Coordination
Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care for balance and coordination, regardless of age or activity level. Athletes can improve their performance on the field, while seniors can reduce the risk of falls and maintain their independence. Those recovering from injuries can also benefit from chiropractic care to help restore their balance and coordination.
In conclusion, balance and coordination are essential components of overall health, and chiropractic care can help improve them. With regular chiropractic adjustments and exercises, chiropractic care can help you achieve better balance and coordination, leading to numerous benefits for your overall health. If you’re looking to improve your balance and coordination, book an appointment with Edmonton chiropractor Dr. Dean Collins for a thorough examination today. Or seek out a chiropractor near you.
To learn more about how chiropractic care could help you and your family click on Edmonton chiropractor Dr. Dean Collins’ complete guide to chiropractic care.