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Did you know your vestibular system controls your balance?

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Why would you need to work on your balance?

woman balancing on one foot

According to the National Institute of Health, over 90 million adult Americans have experienced a dizziness or balance problem. Of those who seek medical attention on an outpatient basis, 10% are severely disabled by their dysfunction. We here at Balance Chicago want to keep you from being a statistic! 


Now, you may be thinking, “I am young and healthy, why in the world would I need to work on my balance?” You may be surprised to know that just because you have not fallen, your balance may still be a problem and not checking it out could lead to bigger problems in the future. Here are a few things that happen when you have good balance:

  • Less likely to be injured due to increased joint stability and joint awareness
  • All your normal daily activities and your workouts will be easier. When you are in balance, you have better alignment and you will be stronger and more flexible with all of your movements. 
  • Your posture will improve. Working your balance will counteract all of the lifestyle choices we are making such as WFH in terrible work spaces, more sitting and screen time, less walking and exercise. You will look taller and slimmer when you are more upright.
  • Your body awareness and coordination will be much better. If you know where you are in space, you can anticipate and prevent falls or near falls. Your body will also be functioning most efficiently. 
  • You will be stronger and more powerful. When you have good balance your body will be able to perform and respond quicker to the activities that you want to do.

What is the difference between static and dynamic balance? Why are they important?

It is also good to know that there is a difference between static balance and dynamic balance. Static balance is when you are still, such as sitting or standing. Dynamic balance is when you are moving, such as walking, running, bending, or reaching. Working on both are important for you to maintain good health. 

Your balance is one of those things that fall into the “use it or lose it” category. It is similar to maintaining your strength, flexibility, and general fitness. Your balance can erode with age, especially if you are not active. To maintain your long-term health, put balance exercises on your “to do” list.

What tools can you use to improve your balance?

With hundreds of tools on the market, which ones are proven to help you improve your balance? Thanks to our years of experience, we have selected our top 3 tools to help you get started! We have put together some key exercises and progressions that you can do at home or in the gym. It is always a good idea to consult your physical therapist before starting these exercises. We are here to help! Without further ado, let’s get started.

Best Balance Tools

Airex Pad & BOSU

Airex Pad–  a dense piece of foam that challenges your balance more than standing on the floor. It is good for challenging your balance because your body must adapt to the constant subtle changes as you stand on it. Your control functions of your brain are activated which send signals to your receptors in your muscles that control your joint stability. 

BOSU– an inflated rubber hemisphere attached to a rigid platform. The BOSU is great because it adds more dimension to your balance training. You can use it with the flat side down for a more stable base or with the dome side down for more balance challenge.  Watch the video below to learn more:

Half Foam Roller

Half Foam Roller– a twist on the traditional foam roller, this design is literally cut in half and allows the user to practice balance. It combines the benefits of both the airex pad and the BOSU. The length also is good for standing in tandem. Watch the video below to learn more:

All of these will improve your balance, and they are versatile and have many more uses for strengthening your whole body. Stay tuned for more videos on how to use these great products. For a full balance assessment, give us a call or schedule above.

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Did you know your vestibular system controls your balance?