The brain is the master of all bodily functions and is an important organ for the maintenance of balance and coordination. It contains the cerebellum, which is the major part of the brain that controls the balance and equilibrium of the body. The brain also receives signals from the nerves in the inner ear to detect any changes in posture and positioning helping the body adapt to position changes. When the brain fails its function in balance and coordination, it leads to various problems such as dizziness, vertigo, unbalanced gait, poor coordination and poor sense of position. While problems in the brain such as tumor can affect the brain’s ability to maintain balance, problems along the nerves in the spine are the most common causes of balance and coordination problems, which your local Tampa chiropractor can help to address.
When the nerves that are responsible for sending signals to the brain are affected or irritated, they are unable to send appropriate signals to the brain for balance and coordination. Likewise, when the nerves that send signals from the brain to the peripheral areas of the body are affected, the muscles and bones are unable to take effect to maintain coordination and balance. This makes the spine an important pathway for nerve signaling. When problems along the spine arise (such as herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and misalignments), the normal flow of nerve impulses are disrupted making it harder for the brain to receive signals for proper balance, gait and coordination.
Chiropractic care is able to help with balance and coordination by employing measures to improve nerve signaling. For instance, spinal manipulations are employed to relieve spinal subluxations or nerve irritation along the spine to make the movement of nerve impulses to and from the brain better. Chiropractic care especially aim at relieving spinal subluxations along the cervical and thoracic area because it is where the otic and vestibulocochlear nerves pass through. These nerves leave the inner ear to send signals to the brain for hearing and balance.
Aside from the improvement of nerve flow from the inner ear and peripheral areas of the body to the brain, chiropractic care also improves the flow of nerve impulses from the brain to the muscles and bones for movement. When proper nerve signaling is maintained, the musculoskeletal system is able to adapt with change of position better. For instance, when you walk along a beam, your brain interprets information from your eyes and sends signals to the muscles and bones to move accordingly. When these signals are interrupted due to spinal subluxations, your musculoskeletal system may not work properly and may cause you to fall.
Balance and coordination is a complex process and involves a two-way process (nerve impulses from the peripheral areas of the body to the brain and vice versa). Chiropractic care aims at helping with balance and posture by allowing these processes to take effect with no interruption. Chiropractic care manages balance issues using special techniques even without medications. If you are experiencing balance problems, contact your chiropractor for effective and appropriate managements.