We talk about a Neurocentric approach to biomechanics and movement correction and it all seems a little odd at times but over the next few blogs I am going to cover the current science and research across other sports.
Today we look at the midline stability and the effect of balance through our Vestibular system. Say what....??!!!
Let us start with some terms and what they mean.
Mid-line stability - Ability to control the centre of our body (spine) upright in relation to gravity and the ability to adjust this with locations( walking, running, riding etc).
Vestibular System - Our inner ear sensory system that provides our brain information about head position, movement and spacial awareness. A little like the dials on a pilots dashboard that tell them where plane is and if it is level.
When we move through the world we continually use our multiple systems to feedback to the brain to tell us about our surroundings (Schmidt Et Al, 2018). Our Vestibular System is one of the key systems that tells your body about accelerations, rotations and the orientation of the head (Day et al, 2005). The Vestibular System sit in the inner ear, works mainly at an unconscious level to give you continual input on motion, autonomic control and voluntary movement (Day et al, 2005).
It was first reported back in 1958 that dysfunction of the Vestibular system and damage to the structure of the vestibular can cause vertigo and balance disruptions (Dix et al, 1958). As research has developed since then we now understand the vestibular system is very complex and works in unity with many other systems but has a fundamental role in balance and mid line stability.
Recent research has found that as the vestibular system deteriorates with age it we lost power and have an increase in postural displacement ( Phuong Et Al, 2022). In this study, they found women who were older lost power and postural control versus younger females. The difference was due to compensation and deterioration of the vestibular system. Neuroplasticity is the term used for the brains ability to change, adapt and modify in function and structure, in response to experiences throughout our life, AKA Use it or lose it! With this in mind, we know if we train and test our vestibular system on a regular basis we are able to make improvements, therefore, improving speed, and function of the vestibular system and improving balance and midline stability.
With this snippet or research (in a huge research field) we see that with people who suffer with postural displacement or issues within the vestibular system struggle with balance and mid line stability.
We check the vestibular system to ensure this is working efficiently... and if not we help you fix it!
If you are struggling with balance, dizziness, or ear issues get in touch we can help ensure these are being fixed and enable you to move well and confidently
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