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How "Balanced" Are You & How Do You Tell?

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How “Balanced” Are You and How Do You Tell?

A lot of things come to mind when we talk about balance:

  • Work versus social life balance
  • Nutritional balance
  • Vertigo
  • Post a few drinks down the pub
  • Bank account balance

One of the most important types of balance is postural balance.

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Ever thought about how sitting or standing in the correct position could be affecting your spine?

Balance can affect that too. For example if your balance is off to the right side this could cause you to lean more to the right side of your body causing more pressure to build up on that side. The more that this happens the more imbalanced your posture becomes and the greater the chance of muscle imbalance, often a cause for pain in the body, occurs.
So how can you tell if you have imbalance?

There are multiple ways to see this and a thorough examination with a physician is advised.

One way to get started to see if there might be imbalance is the following:

When performing the test please ensure that there is another person with you when you perform the test to assist you as there is a risk of falling over. The test is done by first standing on one leg if you sway and need to use the wall or put the foot down before 30 seconds this could suggest a balance issue.

Balance is key in helping to keep your body in the proper alignment and to keep us as healthy as possible for as long as possible. If you’re interested in learning more about balance and how it affects you, come in and talk to one of our Chiropractors on how to achieve your perfect balance.

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Vellas BJ, Wayne SJ, Romero L, Baumgartner RN, Rubenstein LZ, Garry PJ. One-leg stance is an important predictor of injurious falls in older persons. J Am Geriatr Soc. 1997;45(6): 735-8.

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