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Largo Chiropractic Tip: Practice Balance Every Day !

“I’m just not as balanced as I once was.”

This is not an uncommon conversation starter at Hollstrom & Associates Inc from our Largo chiropractic patients and/or their loved ones. Balance is crucial to avert falls and associated issues that may come with a fall…like breaking something! Hollstrom & Associates Inc presents some news about fall prevention and balance enhancement with spinal manipulation and balance practice.


The 50s bring some hard to ignore changes particularly in relation to balance. Such changes in balance also increase the risk for falling and other health concerns. A study of 1702 people between 51 and 75 years of age who didn't have any issues with walking found that 20.4% couldn’t do a 10 second one-legged-stand which managed to intensify the risk of all-cause mortality. (1) Not being able to do the 10 second balance test was related to an 84% higher risk of dying within in the study period (12 years). This observational study did not state cause/effect but proposed a link, a link that may encourage middle and older age folks to practice standing on one leg daily! To be safe, Hollstrom & Associates Inc urges standing near to a tall chair to catch yourself if necessary. If today only 3 seconds are possible, keep practicing. you will improve over time! (2) Once you add a few seconds, you’ll keep practicing! Proprioception exercises may help, too!


A study compared how known “fallers,” “nonfallers,” and young volunteers did on a force plate measuring test for postural sway. None were different in weight transfer. Younger ones decreased postural sway within 2 seconds while older ones never did and swayed the same the whole time. Older “fallers” swayed significantly more. This specially designed one-leg-stance test established who the “fallers” were better – 100% - than other more common ways to measure balance – five-times-sit-to-stand (69%), timed-up-and-go (48%), usual one-leg-stance without special parameters as in this research study (62%). (3) Tests like these are beneficial to your Largo chiropractor in evaluating baseline balance.


A newly published paper described the benefit of (Cox®) flexion distraction spinal manipulation for lumbar spinal stenosis patients by enhancing their balance test scores - Timed Up and Go and Five Times Sit to Stand Test – and reducing postural sway and entropy (forward/backward movement) as measured on a force plate.  (4) That is so good! Between our in-office chiropractic treatments with Cox® Technic in the office and your practicing standing on one foot then the other at home, we will see how well we can enhance your balance!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes relieving chiropractic care and re-establishing balance via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for patients with spinal stenosis.

Schedule your Largo chiropractic appointment today. We look forward to seeing how much steadier you are!

Hollstrom & Associates Inc shares recent research that notes how those who can balance on one leg for 10 seconds at a time have a lesser risk of death.  
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