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Treatment for Balance and Gait Disorders

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Balance is something that many people take for granted throughout the majority of their life. In the early stages, as infants become toddlers, they learn to keep their balance; we cheer and then celebrate. They also learn how to develop their balance when riding a bike. However, as we age, our balance becomes a little less reliable, and we often need to work to remain on our own two feet. When our equilibrium starts to falter, we realize how heavily we depend on our ability to stay balanced.

Reduction of equilibrium will happen to even the most powerful of individuals. For some, this means using a walking stick to help them move around or spending time in a wheelchair. As is correct with balance and gait disorders caused by neurological health issues, equilibrium issues can worsen over time. Problems like vertigo can block you from ever feeling genuinely secure. It is essential to concentrate on regaining your balance by focusing on improving your gait while this occurs.

Slip and fall injuries or accidents are a constant worry for seniors and those with physical difficulties or balance and gait disorders. Most of the time, those concerns aren’t unfounded. As a matter of fact, falls have been accounted as a significant cause of severe injury-related health issues in the United States. In this article, we will discuss equilibrium and the type of treatment options available which can help improve balance.

Causes of Balance & Gait Disorders

The speed and style in which you walk are referred to as your gait. It is fundamental to seek proper treatment if you must work on your walking. It’s also very common among athletes, although this is a process that many individuals often only have to do after suffering an injury in their lower extremities. Runners use treatment as a means to improve leg and foot motion as well as to increase stability and pace.

An individual’s ability to maintain balance while moving along with your gait is interrelated; you can not master one without focusing on the other. Chiropractic care will help you learn these skills to decrease your risk of injury while at the same time increasing your confidence and independence. Before seeking treatment for balance and gait disorders, it’s essential to understand the causes of these health issues.

Numerous factors might affect your ability to keep balance. One of which is muscle atrophy. In this case, it is not an injury that holds you back. Instead, it’s often a natural process resulting in structural and functional weakness. Loss of balance stems from the sensation of “running out of steam.” The increased fatigue means that you are more likely to injure yourself, creating a flow of imbalance. Exhaustion, poor posture, and slow reflexes can ultimately make moving more difficult than it is.

Your ability to keep equilibrium depends on far more than a pair of healthy feet and caliber sneakers. Your balance and gait are also connected to your nervous system. Each of the following body parts listed below can play a significant role in your ability to stay balanced; these include:

  • Inner ears
  • Eyes
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Nervous system
  • Cognitive functions

Treatment that enhances balance and gait works with the different parts listed above to keep them functioning correctly. Balance and gait treatment comes with a selection of advantages, with preventing injuries at the top of the list. You’re also more inclined to feel confident beyond lessening your chances of falling or feeling dizzy. Besides, those aches and pains caused by poor posture are also likely to decrease.

Maintaining balance in your body is essential but when you have balance and gait disorders, this can often be difficult to achieve. Chiropractic care can help keep balance in your life. Spinal adjustments and manual manipulations can help improve overall health and wellness. For balance, chiropractic care can help provide strength, flexibility and mobility, making sure the body is functioning properly.

Dr. Alex Jimenez D.C., C.C.S.T.

Chiropractic Care for Balance & Gait Disorders

Chiropractic care, along with physical therapy, is considered to be one of the most effective treatments for balance and gait disorders. Working with an experienced chiropractor can enable you to regain your stamina by adopting new approaches regarding posture and movement. Exercise can help you feel more confident and more aware of your feet, and strength in the muscles will lessen fatigue as well as decrease your chance of injury.

The first thing to expect when meeting a chiropractor to treat balance and gait disorders is a complete evaluation. You’ll be asked to walk, and the healthcare professional will take notes concerning your step style, foot placement, and pace. Possible health issues associated with your strength will be identified, and a treatment plan will be designed to ascertain which exercises will be ideal for your specific requirements. Checking balance is also a part of this assessment.

Hip and ankle problems frequently lead to balance and gait disorders, as does poor posture. Strength and flexibility exercises can help. These usually involve leg lifts while seated in a chair or “knee marching.” Chiropractors and physical therapists may even have you practice walking heel-to-toe or standing on one leg, or they may monitor the movement of your thumb with your eyes as you move it in various positions.

It’s essential to seek immediate medical attention to find a proper diagnosis and continue with treatment for balance and gait disorders. A qualified and experienced chiropractor can restore your confidence as well as promote appropriate recovery. Contact a healthcare professional to regain your freedom. The scope of our information is limited to chiropractic as well as to spinal injuries and conditions.

Additional Topics: Acute Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most prevalent causes of disability and missed days at work worldwide. Back pain is the second most common reason for doctor office visits, outnumbered only by upper-respiratory infections. Approximately 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once throughout their life. The spine is a complex structure made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles, among other soft tissues. Because of this, injuries and/or aggravated conditions, such as herniated discs, can eventually lead to symptoms of back pain. Sports injuries or automobile accident injuries are often the most frequent cause of back pain; however, sometimes, the simplest of movements can have painful results. Fortunately, alternative treatment options, such as chiropractic care, can help ease back pain through the use of spinal adjustments and manual manipulations, ultimately improving pain relief.

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