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The Balancing Act, Part 1

 What is our balance system?
Balance comes from the physical strength of our muscles and joints as well as in our eyes and ears.  Physically speaking, balance is our weight that is evenly proportioned in our body and helps support us to be steady and upright.  The human body is complex, especially when it comes to supporting one’s balance.

How do we get balance?
Through our muscles, joints, eyes and ears, our body sends information to our brain to help us stay balanced.  Our body uses all of these parts working together to stay balanced.
Why is it important to have balance?
Balance is important to the physical health in people of all ages.  Balance can be especially critical in inf
ants and seniors, as well as those with physical injuries.  When we are first learning to walk, or maybe learning to walk later in life, balance is a skill that must be learned and practiced.  Maintaining balance is necessary for controlling our body’s movement.  Having good balance makes it easier for us to move and helps prevent injuries.
What affects our balance?
Because our balance is comprised of multiple mechanisms in our body, it can also be impacted by all of these systems.  These include our muscles, joints, eyes and ears.  If any of these systems is compromised, it can affect our ability to maintain physical balance.
Problems with balance can be affected by many other conditions in our bodies.  Lack of balance can lead to dizziness, nausea, disorientation and more.  It is important to always consult with your healthcare provider for any testing or treatment related to balance.  Stay tuned for some simple exercises to improve your balance!

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