Buffalo, NY Chiropractic Tip: Practice Balance Every Day !

“I’m just not as balanced as I once was.”

This isn’t an unusual conversation starter at Disc Centers Of America from our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients and/or their family members. Balance is vital to prevent falls and associated issues that may come with a fall…like breaking something! Disc Centers Of America presents some news regarding fall prevention and balance improvement with spinal manipulation and balance practice.

BALANCE AND AGING

The 50s bring some noticeable changes especially in relation to balance. Such changes in balance also boost the risk for falling and other health concerns. A report of 1702 people between 51 and 75 years of age who didn't have any issues with walking found that 20.4% could not do a 10 second one-legged-stand which tended to increase the risk of all-cause mortality. (1) Not being able to do the 10 second balance test was related to an 84% greater risk of dying within in the study period (12 years). This observational study didn’t state cause/effect but suggested a connection, a link that may insire middle and older age folks to practice standing on one leg every day! To be safe, Disc Centers Of America recommends standing next a tall chair to catch yourself if necessary. If you can only do 2 seconds today, keep practicing. You’ll do better over time! (2) Once you add a few seconds, you will keep practicing! Proprioception exercises may help, too!

MORE ENCOURAGEMENT TO PRACTICE BALANCE

A study compared how known “fallers,” “nonfallers,” and young volunteers did on a force plate measuring test for postural sway. None differed in transfer of weight. Younger ones reduced postural sway within 2 seconds while older ones never did and swayed the same the whole time. Older “fallers” swayed significantly more. This specially made one-leg-stance test established who the “fallers” were better – 100% - than other more common tests to measure balance – five-times-sit-to-stand (69%), timed-up-and-go (48%), usual one-leg-stance without special parameters as in this research study (62%). (3) Tests like these are beneficial to your Buffalo, NY chiropractor in evaluating baseline balance.

ROLE OF CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION IN MOVEMENT CONTROL

A newly published paper described the usefulness of (Cox®) flexion distraction spinal manipulation for lumbar spinal stenosis patients by improving their balance test scores - Timed Up and Go and Five Times Sit to Stand Test – and reducing postural sway and entropy (forward/backward movement) as assessed on a force plate.  (4) That is so good! Between our in-office chiropractic treatments with Cox® Technic during office visits and in exercise sessions of practicing standing on one foot then the other at home, we will realize how well we can enhance your balance!

CONTACT Disc Centers Of America

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes relieving chiropractic care and re-establishing balance via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for patients with spinal stenosis.

Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment today. We look forward to hearing how much steadier you feel!

 
Disc Centers Of America shares new research that notes how those who can balance on one leg for 10 seconds at a time have a lesser risk of death.  
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