Disequilibrium is a condition that results in a feeling of unsteadiness and accounts for many falls. It becomes a more common health risk as a person ages. As a result, it is estimated that about 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 will experience a fall in 2017. How can you help keep yourself from becoming a part of that shocking statistic? Here are 3 myths about disequilibrium and balance that can help you actively to work against a fall.
Myth #1: I Can Avoid a Fall by Doing Less
Some get worried about moving around once shakiness or vertigo starts to set in. By limiting activity, one has fewer chances of falling, right? Actually, by becoming sedentary, a person is only increasing his or her risk of a fall. If you only get up off the couch to use the bathroom or make some food in the kitchen, your bones, muscles, and joints grow weaker. Plus, the body spends less time having to balance itself upright, and it’s a skill that the body loses if it isn’t used regularly. 30 minutes of daily exercise is far better for maintaining balance.
Myth #2: Falling Is Just a Part of Getting Older
If a person believes this myth, then it may become a self-fulfilling prophecy. However, if one is determined to manage health conditions that may lead to a fall, those risks can be greatly reduced. Don’t let this myth cause you to resign yourself to being a statistic.
Myth #3: There Is Nothing that Can Be Done for Disequilibrium
While there are few medications that help to prevent falls, that doesn’t mean there are no options for improving balance. Proper posture is one key to maintaining better balance. That means having your upper cervical spine in place. When the atlas (C1) is properly positioned, the rest of the spine follows suit. Pressure on the spinal cord can be relieved. Blood flow is facilitated to the brain, ears, and other vital tissues.
To learn more about how upper cervical chiropractic can help your posture and keep you upright, find a practitioner near you and schedule a consultation.
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