Back Pain and Neck Pain Influence Balance Control
Watertown Wellness Center's chiropractic Treatment Plan May Help Improve Your Balance Control
Do you notice that your balance and equilibrium are not as good as they used to be? If so, you are in good company with many others in Watertown, especially if back pain disrupts your life. Back pain disturbs balance mechanisms and can be responsible for falls, falls that lead to injury like a back pain episode, a fracture, a broken bone. Watertown Wellness Center can help with exercise recommendations and chiropractic treatment for underlying causes of balance issues.
Low Back Pain's Influence on Balance
Use It Or Lose It: Don't Let Low Back Pain Stop You From Moving
The quality of balance control is compromised in low back pain patients. Balance is associated with poor use of spinal motion as a component of good posture, and Watertown Wellness Center sees it everyday. Comparing people with and without low back pain shows that people with chronic low back pain tend to use lumbar spine motion less frequently for postural control than pain-free individuals. Further, after voluntary arm movement, low back pain sufferers need more time and a greater number of postural adjustments to regain postural equilibrium or balance. Have you seen others when you are out and about in Watertown who have to grab onto a railing or wall to catch themselves? Suppose they have back pain? It would make sense that they likely do. Do you have low back pain
Motion of the lumbar spine is likely altered in people with chronic low back pain. This altered motion would be associated with impaired control of postural stability and balance. People with low back pain have a delayed start of low back flexion, bending forward motion and take longer to regain postural stability after such bending. (1) The bottomline is that people with low back pain have compromised balance control that is associated with poor spinal mobility. Watertown Wellness Center can work with you to improve your spinal mobility and balance control.
Blood Supply's Influence on Balance
Don't Let A Disc Herniation Stop Your Blood Flow
Poor blood supply to spinal nerves when the spinal nerves are compressed by disc herniations is another explanation of such balance control and pain issues observed with chronic low back pain. This blood supply reportedly returns following the release of the nerve compression in surgery. Muscle weakness in the leg is also relieved as the nerve compression is released. This is an example of how releasing nerve compression can regain blood flow to nerves, improve muscle strength and ultimately aid in balance control and equilibrium. (2) In Watertown Watertown Wellness Center uses a specific treatment technique called Cox Technic flexion distraction and decompression
to decompress spinal nerves non-surgically
Neck Pain's Influence on Balance, Especially Acute in Adolescents
Don't Let Age Fool You
Adolescents who have neck pain are at risk for developing chronic neck pain. Balance is influenced by nociceptors in the ligaments in the cervical spine. When these nociceptors are injured, balance problems may result. Adolescents may have a lower tissue tolerance to induce pain and an associated nociceptive response than do adults, so neck pain in adolescents may well be accompanied by balance problems. (3)
chiropractic balance recommendations are conservative. Watertown Wellness Center offers a thorough examination to young and older patients which will detect balance control issues, offer suggestions for improving your balance, and tracks any balance improvement as you heal.
Contact Watertown Wellness Center for a thorough chiropractic examination and treatment plan to include chiropractic spinal manipulation as well as possibly some simple proprioceptive exercises to improve your balance and prevent injury as you go about your activities of daily living in Watertown.