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What Balance and Coordination Say About Your Spinal Health

Any chiropractor will tell you: your spine is the backbone of your overall health. Yet many people don’t realize that our spinal health can significantly impact our balance and coordination, which are vital for everyday activities and our overall quality of life. Let’s explore how a well-aligned spine supports better balance and coordination and what signs might suggest that it’s time to visit a Charlotte chiropractor.

The Role of Your Spine in Balance and Coordination

Your spine does more than just keep you upright, it also plays a crucial role in communicating between your brain and the rest of your body. This communication is led by the nervous system, a major component of which being the spinal cord which is located in the spinal canal. A misalignment in the spine can disrupt this communication, potentially leading to difficulties with balance and coordination.

When your spine is properly aligned, your body’s systems are optimized. This alignment allows for more accurate proprioception (spatial awareness) and helps you maintain your center of gravity. These factors are essential for good balance and smooth, coordinated movement.

Signs That Your Spinal Health May Be Off-Balance

Recognizing the signs of potential spinal issues can help you address them before they worsen. Here are some signs that your spinal health might be impacting your balance and coordination:

  • Frequent Trips and Falls: An increase in clumsiness or susceptibility to falling can be a sign of spinal misalignment that is affecting your balance.
  • Uneven Gait: If you notice an irregular walking pattern or if one foot seems to drag slightly, it could suggest issues with spinal alignment.
  • Difficulty with Routine Movements: Challenges in performing routine movements smoothly, such as standing up from a sitting position or maintaining balance while turning, could indicate spinal health concerns.
  • General Discomfort or Stiffness: While these can be symptoms of many issues, persistent discomfort or stiffness in the neck or back is often related to spinal health.

Stay Balanced with Greater Life Chiropractic

Regular chiropractic check-ups can play a large role in maintaining your mobility and quality of life. Through these assessments, Dr. Grant Lisetor and our team of chiropractors can detect early signs of imbalance and provide appropriate care to keep you on your feet and moving smoothly.

At Greater Life Chiropractic in Charlotte, we focus on ensuring your spinal health is at its best, helping you maintain and enhance your balance and coordination. Our gentle adjustments are designed to correct misalignments and promote optimal nerve function. By restoring alignment, we help clear the pathways needed for effective communication between your brain and your body, thereby supporting better balance and overall health.

We are committed to helping you achieve and maintain optimal spinal health so your body can perform at its best. If you’re experiencing signs of balance or coordination difficulties, or if you’re simply committed to maintaining your spinal health, we invite you to schedule a visit with us. Together, we can work towards a balanced body and a greater life.

Sources

Russell, B.S. Hoiriis, K.T., Hosek, R.S. “Walking Gait Before and After Chiropractic Care Following Fifth Metatarsal Fractures: A Single Case Kinetic and Kinematic Study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2018 Jun; 17 (2): 106-116. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30166967/

Russell, B.S. Hoiriis, K.T., Hosek, R.S., Drake, E.D. “Chronic Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia and Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction: Balance, Gait, and Eye Movement Before and After Multimodal Chiropractic Care: A Case Study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2019 Jun; 18 (2): 144-154. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31367202/