We often take walking, running, or simply standing up without falling over for granted until a time when our balance begins to be affected.  Balance is critical to how we function throughout the day.  If we can’t stay upright, there’s not much we can do or accomplish.  Proper balance relies on several things.  It relies on our senses, such as sight and hearing, proper nervous system function to tell our body what to do, as well as muscle strength and musculoskeletal alignment.  If any one of these things is out of whack or not working as it should, our balance and coordination can be drastically affected.  If you are experiencing balance troubles, Charlotte chiropractor Dr. Grant Lisetor can help.

What Causes Problems with Balance?

The central nervous system plays an important role in the body.  It sends and receives signals from the brain that tell the body how to operate.  Any disruption of the central nervous system can disrupt this communication, and that can lead to health concerns such as poor balance.  Spinal misalignments can be at the root of this nerve interference that impedes balance and coordination.  Likewise, inner ear problems such as vertigo can cause dizzy spells and affect balance.  As we get older, our bodies suffer from wear and tear.  Improper spinal alignment or poor musculoskeletal health in the elderly can cause improper balance that can in turn lead to an increased risk of falling.  But no matter what age you are, your muscles and bones must work together to hold you upright.  The slightest bit of spinal alignment, hip alignment, leg length, and muscle strength shifting or changing can affect balance. Correct alignment through gentle chiropractic adjustments can strengthen your body and improve balance.

Chiropractic Care Improves Balance and Coordination

The body is like a car in that proper maintenance is required to keep it in optimal working condition.  The same is true of our musculoskeletal system.  Regular visits to a Charlotte chiropractor will keep our muscles and musculoskeletal system in check to improve overall balance and coordination. The elderly especially may benefit from chiropractic care as regular adjustments can improve posture and strengthen the musculoskeletal system to decrease the risk of falling.  In addition to keeping the body in optimal health and working order, consistent chiropractic care can also address central nervous system issues by removing spinal misalignments that disrupt nerve communication.  Such spinal misalignments may also be the root cause of inner ear issues and vertigo.  There are incredible benefits of chiropractic care that not only improve balance and coordination but increase overall health and wellness to keep you feeling your best.

Chiropractic Case Studies

For years, researchers have been studying the effects of chiropractic care, only to discover that it provides many more health benefits than previously known.  In fact, case studies support chiropractic care for improving balance.  Being in the military requires excellent health to perform your job up to par, and many military personnel are finding that chiropractic care improves lower back pain as well as balance and coordination to increase job performance.  Contact Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic to schedule an appointment and see for yourself the positive effects of chiropractic care for improving the function of the musculoskeletal system for increased balance and coordination.

 

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