We strive for balance in many aspects of life, and balance within the body is no exception. Maintaining good balance is the most important key to preventing a variety of health problems. When your balance suffers, it is your body indicating that there’s something going on internally.
Loss of balance could indicate many different interconnected health concerns, and its correlating causes and effects are far-reaching in the body. By addressing the issues associated with balance problems, you can help to strengthen your body and avoid preventable injuries in the future.
A Telling Nervous System. There are three neuromuscular systems that can be checked by using a systematic balance assessment. The first is the peripheral nervous system, which involves the nerves going to the hands, feet, elbows, ribs, jaw, and pelvis. The next is the central nervous system, which involves the nerves going to the neck and back and is also associated with nasal breathing. The last is pelvic alignment, which is associated with one side of the body being weaker than the other.
Loss of Balance in the Dark. When one of the peripheral nerves is irritated, the system that moves your body is disrupted, causing you to lose your strength and balance in the dark. It’s not clear why this is the case, but whenever there is an issue involving the nerves in the hands, feet, elbows, ribs, jaw, or pelvis, patients consistently lose their balance either when their eyes are closed or when they are looking at a dark color.
Breathing Issues. As is mentioned above, the central nervous system is associated with nasal breathing. If balance issues are due to problems with this neuromuscular system, it could indicate an airway obstruction, such as a deviated septum or enlarged tonsils. Other issues, such as excessive inflammation in the sinuses from diet, flu, allergies, or infection, can also cause obstructed breathing.
Obstructed airways are associated with sleep apnea, which can come with another list of symptoms and future problems. Sleep apnea has been linked to poor sleep quality, trouble concentrating, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, erectile dysfunction, and early dementia.
Uneven Pelvis. Your pelvis is naturally straight, sitting parallel to the ground. When the pelvis becomes tilted, side-to-side balance is affected, causing instability and possible injury even in everyday situations. Tightness or spasms in the lower back can cause the pelvis to become tilted, and when this occurs, the body compensates for the irregularity, triggering other issues.
A pelvis that is out of alignment can cause one leg to appear longer than the other, resulting in varying degrees of lower back pain. This pain is normally in the sacroiliac (SI) joint and can extend into the buttocks and down the leg in some cases. It’s often made worse by prolonged sitting, standing, or climbing stairs.
A misaligned pelvis can also lead to piriformis syndrome, which occurs when the piriformis muscle, a small muscle in the buttocks, causes pain, and may even irritate the sciatic nerve. A pelvic tilt can also cause sciatica, a condition characterized by pain shooting down the leg from the lower back.
Treatment Options. There are many different exercises you can do to strengthen your body and improve your balance. In his book, Finding the Source: Maximizing Your Results—With and Without Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Romano details your options, demonstrating numerous stretches and strengthening exercises to help you improve your balance, improve your health, and prevent future injuries.
Dr. Romano is trained and experienced in using Autonomic Motor Nerve Reflex Testing (AMNRT) to find the source of pain and balance issues. By knowing the exact cause of the issues you’re experiencing, you can move forward with a health regimen that effectively addresses your specific concerns. Call Dr. Romano’s office today to set up an appointment.