Balance

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balanceWhy would a chiropractor treat balance? It may seem strange, but balance and spinal alignment are essentially the same function. If you have poor balance, we can be confident that the precise control required to accurately position the 24 vertebrae in your spine will also be a bit amiss, which will inevitably lead to injury (or constant over-strain) at some point in time. It may even be happening already.

And it’s not just those with obvious balance disorders that develop spinal problems, even the most subtle failure of our balance systems puts us at risk of a spontaneous back or neck injury. Most of our patients tell us that their spinal pain started with an innocuous everyday movement – rarely is significant trauma involved. The reason for this is that there has usually been a gradual loss of ‘control’ of the spine. The precise positioning of each of the spinal bones relies on a complex set of feedback and correction mechanisms every moment of the day, and a gradual loss of control in these mechanisms will naturally lead to inaccurate positioning of the spine. The result of this is that a simple, everyday movement may now injure your spine.

We use a computerised balance assessment system called ‘Pondera’ (latin for equilibrium) to assess balance in our patients. By performing tests under various conditions on a balance board, this system allows us to determine where the problem is coming from, and helps us to determine the appropriate rehabilitation approach.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation is known to stimulate the control centres of your brain to allow better alignment and balance to occur. This treatment approach, coupled with tailored balance exercises will ensure we are treating not just the symptoms, but the underlying control issue which led to your problem developing in the first place.

The current research literature now recognises that balance disorders, even subtle ones, may be responsible for a myriad of conditions such as;

  • Recurrent back & neck pain or stiffness 
  • Headache & migraine 
  • Dizziness & vertigo
  • Concentration difficulties and learning disorders
  • Developmental delay in kids and conditions such as ADHD
  • Clumsiness or impaired co-ordination
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome & digestive system disorders
  • Decreased accuracy in sports
Falls risk in the elderly is also an important implication of a loss of balance. Our approach to treatment allows us to tailor programs which help these patients regain their stability and confidence in movement, and hence decrease the risk of a debilitating fall.