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La Grande Chiropractic Tip: Practice Balance Every Day !

“I’m just not as balanced as I used to be.”

This is not an unusual conversation starter at Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC from our La Grande chiropractic patients and/or their loved ones. Balance is key to prevent falls and related issues that may come with it…like breaking something! Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC presents some news regarding fall prevention and balance improvement with spinal manipulation and balance practice.


The 50s bring some hard to ignore changes especially in relation to balance. Such changes in balance also increase the risk for falling and other health concerns. A report of 1702 people between 51 and 75 years of age who did not have any problems with walking found that 20.4% couldn’t perform a 10 second one-legged-stand which tended to intensify the risk of all-cause mortality. (1) Not being able to do the 10 second balance test was related to an 84% higher risk of dying within in the study time (12 years). This observational study did not state cause/effect but proposed a connection, a link that may insire middle and older age folks to practice standing on one leg daily! To be safe, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC recommends standing next a counter to catch yourself if necessary. If you can only do 2 seconds today, keep working on it. You’ll do better as you practice! (2) Once you add a few seconds, you’ll keep practicing! Proprioception exercises may help, too!


A study compared how known “fallers,” “nonfallers,” and young volunteers did on a force plate measuring test for postural sway. None were different in weight transfer. Younger ones decreased postural sway within 2 seconds while older ones never did and swayed the same the whole time. Older “fallers” swayed significantly more. This specially made one-leg-stance test determined the “fallers” better – 100% - than other commonly used tests to measure balance – five-times-sit-to-stand (69%), timed-up-and-go (48%), usual one-leg-stance without special parameters as in this research study (62%). (3) Tests like these are beneficial to your La Grande chiropractor in evaluating baseline balance.


A recently published paper noted the usefulness of (Cox®) flexion distraction spinal manipulation for lumbar spinal stenosis patients by improving their balance test scores - Timed Up and Go and Five Times Sit to Stand Test – and reducing postural sway and entropy (forward/backward movement) as measured on a force plate.  (4) That is so good! Between our in-office chiropractic treatments with Cox® Technic during office visits and in exercise sessions of practicing standing on one foot then the other at home, we will see how well we can enhance your balance!

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Nate McKee on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes relieving chiropractic care and re-establishing balance via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for patients with spinal stenosis.

Schedule your La Grande chiropractic appointment now. We look forward to hearing how much better balanced you are!

Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC shares recent research that notes how those who can balance on one leg for 10 seconds at a time have a lesser risk of death.  
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