By Jeff Sheppard 18 Jul 2019 no comment 1177 Views

Your sense of balance keeps you on your feet.  Strength and balance work together to keep you steady and prevent falls.

A number of factors affect your balance.

Protect your independence and minimize your risk of falls with these tips.

Firstly, hunger and thirst can cause dizziness.  Eat regularly.  Drink plenty of water.  Also remember that caffeinated drinks and alcoholic beverages don’t count.

Secondly, some medications can cause dizziness or balance problems.  Review your medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter products with your family doctor or pharmacist.  Remember, some products can interact with each other.  It’s important to mention everything you are taking.  Don’t stop taking a prescribed medication without discussing it with your family doctor first.

Thirdly, your eyes and ears help you to keep your balance.  Have your eyesight checked every year. Have your hearing tested at least once every two years.

If you feel faint or dizzy on a regular basis, see a health professional for an evaluation.

Visit your chiropractor for regular maintenance care.  If you have concerns about your balance, let your chiropractor know.  Your chiropractor can test your strength and balance.  Chiropractors also offer recommendations customized for your abilities and needs.

If you don’t already have a regular chiropractor, contact Sheppard Chiropractic Centre at (506) 635-8182 or (506) 847-7172.  We are accepting new patients and we do not require referrals.  We would be happy to help you.

Exercise can help you to improve your balance.

Some exercises contribute to improving balance as well as building strength.  Swimming, yoga, and tai chi are all great activities for balance and strength.  So is cycling if you’re comfortable on a bike.

You might be surprised that golf is another good choice.  Using a club requires balance and coordination.  Minimize the use of a golf cart and you’ll strengthen your legs walking, too.

Aim for a minimum of 20 minutes of exercise, at least three days a week.  Better yet, build some activity into every day.

In summary, set good habits now.  They will lay the groundwork for many more years of independent living.

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