Many of my middle-aged and older patients are committed to seeing me regularly for a chiropractic “tune-up” because it helps them with posture and balance. And a study published in the European Spine Journal shows they are right.
Study authors investigated how certain spinal factors, body balance, muscle strength and gait speed influence falling in elderly and middle-aged people.
The subjects consisted of 100 males, who underwent a basic health checkup. In the examination, the fall history over the previous year was examined, along with balance, 10-m gait time/speed (physical ability), grip strength, back muscle strength and body mass index. The study also included a lateral lumbar spine radiograph to determine the spinal range of motion and curvature of the spine.
Authors concluded that good sagittal alignment, muscle strength and physical ability were associated with reduced risk of falling, and that poor posture, reduced strength, and other functional shortcomings were seen more prominently in the ‘falling’ group.
Body balance training, improvement of physical abilities including muscle training, and maintaining spinal sagittal alignment can lead to prevention of falls in middle-aged and elderly people.
I am committed to helping patients of all ages move better and feel better by ensuring their spines are properly aligned. I am trained help patients correct poor postural habits and suggest appropriate techniques that aid in the improvement of proper body mechanics and overall health.
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