New Research Connects Breathing & Postural Sway

Posture is an intricate and coordinated balancing act that is infinitely monitored, adjusted, and modified every second you are standing.  Standing up-right with balance also requires neurological information from visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive input.  This information is sent to the brain, the master computer, that interprets all this information.  The central nervous system calculates where we are in space and what must be done in order to maintain it.

Recent studies have demonstrated that postural sway can determine how your balance and strength relates to your ability to breath.  When your eyes are closed people tend to sway forwards-backwards when brain function is impaired due to brain damage as in the case of stoke patients, researchers observed.

Chiropractic adjustments corrects faulty or sensori-motor errors being fed into the your brain’s computer.  Therapeutically, chiropractic can improve or enhance the bodies perception of being aligned – head-torso-pelvis-feet vertically balanced.

Manor, B. D., Hu, K., Peng, C. K., Lipsitz, L. A., & Novak, V. (2012). Posturo-respiratory synchronization: Effects of aging and stroke. Gait & Posture, 36(2), 254-9. doi:10.1016/j.gaitpost.2012.03.002. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22475726

Written by Dr. Deane Studer, DC

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