Your balance and equilibrium is a complicated, intricate dance between three sensory systems – the vestibular, the visual, and the proprioceptive systems. The information is aggregated from these systems in your central nervous system where it is used to control the muscles in your spine and body to maintain balance.
Good information allows your body to make good adaptations to keep you feeling level and balanced. Bad information can leave you feeling wobbly, dizzy, and off-balance. Have you heard of the term garbage in, garbage out? Your body is constantly receiving information about your surrounding environment and it is important that these three sensory systems are working optimally so that the output is as good as the input.
The vestibular system is centered around your inner ear and it gives your brain information about head position. The visual system is centered around your eyes and it gives information about your body in relation to its environment. Proprioception is a sense dictated by movement detected by your skin, muscles, and joints. Have you ever wondered how you can close your eyes and touch your nose with your fingertip? (If you can’t please give us a call!) or how you can walk to the bathroom in the middle of the night in the complete dark? These things are possible because there are sensors in your skin and joints telling your brain where it is in space all of the time.
Abnormal shifts in the spine at the very top of your neck can disrupt all three of these sensory systems. This is why we use our 3-D structural analysis to detect any abnormal swaying that can indicate a problem in these areas. The very top of your neck houses important neurological connections to your eyes and ears and serves as a gateway for all of the nerves that bring proprioceptive information to the brain.
Finding solid footing means making sure your nerves are communicating properly. At Precision Chiropractic we have the technology to detect and correct abnormal shifts in your spine that cause neurological disturbances to your sensory systems.