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Proper Balance & Pain-Free Living

their balance in the shower. No matter what your age, balance affects your ability to be active 5 Reasons for Our Decline in Balance: 1.Changes in our vestibular system 2.Changes in muscle mass, flexibility and strength 3.Changes in eyesight 4.Diminishing reflexes 5.Previous injuries to ankle, knee, hip or spinal joints Can You Do This? • Stand next to a counter, sink or chair barefoot with your hand gently

How is your balance? Have you checked it lately? Poor balance and coordination is the number one cause of trips, falls, and injuries. It even greatly affects back pain and posture. You don’t have to be old to have non-optimum balance. In fact, a majority of sports injuries are attributed to not having the right balance reflexes needed to adapt to the surface, causing sprains, strains and other injuries. In addition to other important functions, our balance and vestibular system gives us the ability to walk on two legs, run and be active. Our balance and vestibular system develop as we grow from a baby all the way through adulthood, and then begins to decline. Most people don’t know their balance is not optimum until they suffer an injury, trip and fall, or lose

grasping the counter surface. • Put one foot directly in front of the other, so that one heel is touching the opposite toes. • Gently lift your hand up, but keep it close to the counter in case you need to grab it quickly. Try to hold this for 10 seconds (only do this if you feel safe or have someone nearby to help you). • Now try it with your eyes closed. • Do you wobble a lot or even lose your balance? If your answer is “yes,” your balance needs work! Want to strengthen your balance as well as your game? Call The Training Room today to schedule an evaluation.

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