Balance For Health

by Systema Greenville

Balance is a simple word but it can have multiple applications when it comes to health.

Of course there is physical balance.

No one wants to fall

No one wants to fall, at least not until they have been trained, and then falling can become fun.

Maintaining physical balance increases awareness of your feet, legs, torso, square, and head position.

Several things are necessary to maintain balance.   Proprioceptive skills (knowledge of where your body is in space), and intact vestibular system (the gyroscope inside your inner ear) are two examples.

We often don’t think about it much, but peripheral vision (which speaks to how wide your field of view is), and muscle tone (which ranges from “loose as a goose” to spasticity (as can be seen after a stroke), or rigidity (from diseases such as Parkinson’s) also can have big impacts.

Then of course there is your spiritual and psychological balance.  If either of these two are not developed than it does not matter how adept your physical balance is; trouble is lurking on the horizon. Surprisingly, even if your physical balance is impaired, it is surprising how well one can do if there is spiritual and psychological balance.

At Piedmont Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, PA we employ a holistic approach to health care.

We believe that enhancing balance in physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of life can help reduce tension, enhance relaxation, and lead to improved quality of life.

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