What does it mean to have balance? #Repost @optimize.physiotherapy
What makes up your sense of balance ❓
Balance is complex. The fact that you can stand, walk, and move fluidly on two small bases of support (feet 👣) is incredible. Staying balanced involves a number of systems working together at all times. These systems provide information so that fine adjustments can be made neuromuscularly to stay balanced:
▪️Visual system (your eyes): Your vision plays a huge role in maintaining balance. Just try balancing on one foot and closing your eyes - it’s instantly a very difficult task.
➡️ Your visual system picks up information from the environment and sends it to the brain. This helps orient yourself in space and feeds into your ability to balance.
▪️Inner ear (vestibular system): Your inner ear houses canals that play a huge role in your ability to balance.
➡️ Movement of fluid within the canals disrupts microscopic hair cells which send information on the orientation of your body in space.
▪️Proprioception: This is your body’s sense of where it’s parts are in space.
➡️ Proprioception sense comes from information that the body gets from receptors in muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules, skin etc. It uses this information to detect where it’s body parts are, and this is important information when it comes to staying balanced.
🔑 Balance is something we often take for granted. It is a complex phenomenon that is multidimensional. Balance training is a great way to tune this system over time, as it generally deteriorates with age if it isn’t practiced and honed.
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