Mel Collie | Why bother with balance?
What happens when you try to improve your balance?
If you’ve been for a neurological screening , you will have practiced a couple of vestibular drills
Well, a challenge to your balance is the 3rd hierarchy of threats to your brain.
That means when its under threat, your brain will slow you down, send pain to your joints and reduce you strength, range and speed.
Your vestibular system is all about the signal your brain receives from your inner ear.
This is also attached to your extensor muscles – glutes especially for example. Most people have weaker glutes, and when that happens, the lower back is usually the one to suffer as it takes over ..and can result in pain in that area.
How exciting is that to know?!
It means the less you move the less you interact with gravity.
Simple things like washing machines, dishwashers, microwaves, means we stand less and move about less. So even washing up and cooking more will help your balance.
Lack of movement adds up over time. Of course it does. We don’t see it like that though, because it so small, it barely registers. A bit like saving a penny once a day, seems like not very much, but it adds up over time.
Our brain knows though.
How can you help this?
The more you move, stand up from sitting, the more your balance will improve.
The trouble is, the less you feel like standing because your feel threatened by lack of balance, and so you get a vicious circle…
..you can start to drive your nervous system more by doing more complex movements like a cross crawl (standing, alternating knee lifts, with the opposite elbow coming forward to touch the opposite knee)
You can make that trickier by walking forwards as you do that move. harder to do it backwards..earn it though, and practice the easier movement first. Don’t always jump in at the deep end first, earn your right to do that 🙂
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