Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

October 1, 2014

Are You “Falling” Behind Your Peers

Tai chi for Balance

I have Posted many times about falling, fall prevention, the risks, how simple it is to evaluate your risk, and how simple and easy it is to do something about it. I even chronicled a week in which people were either falling or trying to one right after the other all week. Search this Blog for “falling” and you will find those Posts. Ever new patient in our office – the ones that can stand on one leg at all – gets tested this way for balance.

[If you are going to a Tai chi class you can skip this Post because you won't have any balance issues after a short time.]

Here I just want to share what the normal times are for being able to stand on one leg with and without your eyes open. You can simply check to see how your balance is. At the end, if I have time, I will share a few ways to dealing with it.

So, first a word of CAUTION! Don’t fall and hurt yourself testing your balance!! Be safe.

Single Leg Stance

If your age (in years) is 20-59 you should be able to stand on one leg with your EYES OPEN for 29-30 seconds and with your EYES CLOSED for 21- 28.9 seconds.

If your age is 60-69 you should be able to stand on one leg with your EYES OPEN for 22.5 seconds and with your EYES CLOSED for 10 seconds.

If your age is 70-79 it’s 14.2 and 4.3 respectively.

I almost never get to check a new patient’s balance with their eyes closed because they do so poorly with their eyes open. That often has to do with the condition for which they are here to see me interfering, and after chiropractic care they do much better.

Any patient who has every put any effort into improving their balance succeeds measurably in a very short time.

There are lots of ways to improve balance but here are some really simple and easy ones that work as well as the high priced P.T. visits and all the gadgets you can buy (can you say BOSU?). But before you do anything, think about what it means to have such poor balance. Ask yourself why? Especially if your balance is way off on one side and not as bad on the other. There is a reason. Do you know what it is?

The first and simplest approach that I share with patients is to just spend time standing on one leg while in line wherever they find themselves standing in line. No one will notice and there is usually something handy to grab if you need to catch yourself.

If you have an exercise ball for some other reason, you can sit on it and keep one foot up off the ground. That will do a number of impressive things for you balance and your back.

Walk on uneven ground/sand… barefoot… at dawn or dusk…

You can see that it’s easy to find the challenge that is just about right for you. After some time practicing, you can take it up a notch and gradually you will be amazed at how much better your balance is. Your confidence and control will improve as your risk of falling diminishes.

Obviously it’s a matter of “balancing” the challenge with the risk – even as your train the skill. Do what is challenging but do not do what is difficult. Try novel activities if possible – they hit the brain harder and produce more adaptation.

September 29, 2014

Saturday’s Hike in to the Alpine Lakes Wilderness

Another near-perfect hike… 13 miles of beauty!

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September 25, 2014

Seth Godin on Symptoms

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Today’s Post makes a lot of sense on many levels. Contemplate the implications.

September 24, 2014

High Blood Pressure, Drinking & Your Heart

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Here are the results of a new study.

September 19, 2014

It’s All In The Light

Filed under: General Health & Wellness, Wellness care — Tags: , , — doctordilday @ 11:38 am

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nerve regeneration after stroke…

September 17, 2014

Ms. America, A Chiropractor from Concord…

Filed under: Chiropractic — Tags: , — doctordilday @ 10:15 am

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We’re everywhere, usually hidden in plain sight:-)

September 16, 2014

Too Cute Not To Take A Picture

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She lays there still as can be until I am done (rare for a kid under 4). This time she raised her head only because she realized that I was taking a picture of her:-)

Zombie Making 101 – Start Young

Dr. Oz on vaccine concerns.

I have mentioned vaccine concerns here before…

here,

here,

here,

here,

here,

here,

and here.

September 14, 2014

Saying A Lot With A Little

Filed under: Uncategorized — doctordilday @ 5:41 pm

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Soth Godin always says alot with few words. Here, I think there are several layers to his trickiness. It’s well done.

September 12, 2014

Soy Facts

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Here are some details about soy in the diet that you may not have worked out. It’s a straightforward article with clear details as to pros and cons.

September 11, 2014

Are Yours On The List?

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6 Kinds of Pills Big Pharma Tries to Get You Hooked on for Life

And people’s biggest concern about going to a chiropractor is that they might have to keep going… (like that’s a bad thing!… if it were true)

September 10, 2014

Unidentified Respiratory Virus Action Plan

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Here is an article about the new virus that’s sweeping the country, now identified as (probably) enterovirus 68.

The critical care Pediatric physician that they interviewed for the article recommended that people have a game plan. The recommended moves were to wash hands, stay away from sick people, and cover mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

Children are the target – for the virus and now for the medical establishment. There’s a good chance that a big push for vaccination will come soon.

Here is an alternative suggestion: Get healthy!

Help increase your child’s resistance by taking them to the Chiropractor and getting them adjusted.

Improve their diet with more fruits and vegetables, even if you have to disguise them as candy. Yesterday’s news on the radio was that 9 out of 10 kids are getting too much salt in their school lunches.

Feed the kids better water. Last weeks news was that water bottles are contaminated with bacteria and nastiness that no one benefits from. A side benefit of the Kangen Water machines is that they produce highly acidic water that will sterilize a water bottle in less than 30 seconds, killing every bug known to man (except one, that takes just a little longer).

If your child needs First Aid, get First Aid, but let’s not keep pretending that that is health care. Unless you think that washing hands, avoiding the (obviously) sick, and covering your mouth is really a serious action plan.

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