Cervical Spine and Balance: A Closer Look

The spinal cord and nerves in your neck have a major influence on the brain’s understanding of your body’s positioning and its ability to maintain a stable, upright posture. Your Cervical spine alignment and posture affects neck movement, shock absorption, and stability of the Cervical spine. Abnormal Cervical alignment and posture leads to spine degeneration, where the muscles, ligaments, bones, tendons, discs, nerves, and spinal cord of the neck experience increased stress and strain. Cervical spine muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs provide essential feedback to the brain for the body for balance and a stable, upright posture. Cervical spine nerves branch from the spinal cord which extends from the brain; stress and stain on these tissues can impact the brain and other nerves that control balance and the brain’s awareness of the body’s positioning. It should come as no surprise that abnormal Cervical spine alignment and posture has been linked to balance.

High quality research shows that improvement of the Cervical spine curvature and forward head posture posture using Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective spinal rehab results in significant improvement in head and neck movement, balance, head stability, and visual tracking, and neck pain and disability. Long-term follow-ups show that when Cervical spine alignment and posture are improved in people with balance problems, they were able to experience continued significant improvements even one year after they are done with treatments. In the same study, patients who received physical therapy without Cervical spine correction methods saw any improvements experienced during treatments regress back to baseline at follow-up exams after treatments stopped. In other words, if you are experiencing balance issues, have a Chiropractic BioPhysics® trained chiropractor examine your Cervical spine.
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