See a Chiropractor for Kinesthetic Awareness
By Emily Lindholm
Kinesthetic awareness refers to our ability to navigate through space with the awareness of how we move. Have you ever seen a dancer move through a busy stage and wondered how she or he didn't hit anyone else with their flying arm or leg? Dancers have a keen sense of kinesthetic awareness. The same goes for a tightrope walker, an acrobat, athletes, and cyclists. Yet, we all have it. A tightrope walker might be an extreme example of kinesthetic awareness, not to mention balance, but we've all got it.
How to Improve Kinesthetic Awareness
The amount of kinesthetic awareness we have largely depends on our activity and training. Someone who played sports their whole life will have a higher level of kinesthetic awareness than someone who did not. However, no matter what our lifestyles look like, we can always improve our kinesthetic awareness. The benefits of improving our kinesthetic awareness include:
- Better balance
- Injury prevention
- Better range of motion
Improving your own kinesthetic awareness means that you are improving the way that your brain communicates with the rest of the body. Improving your posture is the first step, which can be helped by a chiropractor. Other ways to improve kinesthetic awareness include:
- Walking and running
- Balance exercises
- Learning a new sport or activity
See a Chiropractor for Better Kinesthetic Awareness
The role of a chiropractor is to perform spinal manipulations, bringing the body back into alignment. Chiropractors can help with any postural corrections that might be needed, and often there are! Improving your posture helps with kinesthetic awareness by improving the communication between the nervous system and the brain. The brain is better able to help the body navigate through space. A chiropractor might also help by suggesting certain exercises or activities that are right for you.
A Personal Story
I learned so much about my body after seeing a chiropractor. I had no idea that my long and hurried strides were throwing off my hip alignment. A chiropractor can help us bring attention to things that we haven't noticed before. I didn't know I had scoliosis until a chiropractor pointed it out. All of these things throw off our mind/body connection, believe it or not. I have found personally that I move better when my body is aligned, even though it has taken work to get there. I recommend seeing a chiropractor, even if it's out of curiosity, to see the ways you can improve your overall function and the connection between the body and the brain. It's powerful!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.