World Spine Day: Balance

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World Spine Day: Balance

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Balance is the ability to control the body’s position, either stationary or whilst moving. Balance is an important part of spinal health, along with alignment and motion. The benefits of balance training include improvements to overall fitness, sports performance and injury prevention.

Balance exercises strengthen the core and back muscles. These muscles provide a supporting framework for the spine, providing strength and stability. If these muscles become weak, the spine is under additional strain to support the body and puts you at higher risk of back pain or injury.

World Spine Day is on 16th October 2016. The theme this year is “Straighten Up and Move”. It aims to emphasise the importance of healthy spinal posture and activity which promote body awareness and minimise the day-to-day wear and tear on a person’s spine. The World Spine Day campaign recommends that everyone does balance, alignment and motion exercises every day to maintain spinal health.

Try exercises 9, 10, 11 and 12 on World Spine Day’s exercise sheet to help improve your balance. There’s a version for your children to join in here.

 

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