Of Balance and Chronic Pain

It’s now been a few years that I have been advocating for improving balance in subjects that suffer from chronic pain. Neurologically and mechanically speaking, there are a multitude of reasons why this makes sense.

In 1999, researchers Mientjes and Frank published on the very notion of balance in regard to individuals with and without chronic pain.

A total of sixteen patients were assessed. Eight suffered from low back pain and the other eight did not.

Seven postural tasks, which involved manipulation of visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive input as well as body orientation, were performed.

When removing vision, especially when combined with increasing the complexity of a task being performed, a significant increase in the root mean square in the medial-lateral direction for the chronic low back pain patients as a group was found.

Considering that improving balance is a specialty of ours in Posturology, would it not make sense to calibrate individuals suffering from chronic pain?



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