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A Balancing Act

It’s all about balance… but how do you know if your balance is O.K.?

How good is your balance?

How good is your balance?

Balance is one of the most crucial aspects of our life as a bipedal species. One of the many features that separates us from apes is our ability to walk upright without needing to rest on our knuckles occasionally. Not only is it important in species differentiation, but also in every day life. Early in life, balance is important for learning to walk and minimising bumps and scrapes. As our bodies age, balance is vital in minimising the risk of falls.

How do you know if your balance is ok? A very simple test is that you should be able to stand on either leg with your eyes closed for 30 seconds. Give it a shot. Find a safe space, try each leg eyes open, then aim for 30 seconds eyes closed.

The single leg balance test requires information from your foot and Achilles tendon to travel through your nervous system all the way up to your brain, giving it a chance of keeping you upright. For those who noticed a significant increase in difficulty between balancing with eyes open and eyes closed, one reason may be that there is interference in your nervous system distorting the balance information making its way to your brain.

One of the key objectives of a Chiropractor is to locate and eliminate these sources of interference in the nervous system, and one of the benefits of this can be an improvement in balance.

That’s crucial when you want to keep your knuckles off the ground.

Dr Michael Osborne – Chiropractor

B.H.Sc (Chiro), M.Clin.Chiro.

Toowoomba Chiropractor Dr Michael Osborne

Meet Dr Michael

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