“Most athletes don’t typically understand the importance of balance and stability in their sport. It’s a huge focus for us here. We test professional athletes as well as weekend warriors. Some of my patients with a knee injury, for instance, may have a peripheral nerve irritation in their opposite foot of which they are completely unaware. This causes their balance to be off, contributing to their injury. Our testing identifies and corrects this nerve irritation leading to a rapid and full recovery, and most importantly, prevents future injuries.” – Dr. Romano
Proper balance can reduce the risk of injury and improve athletic performance.
In order to maintain balance, your mind and body must coordinate simultaneous inputs from a variety of sources including your inner ear, muscles and nerves, and your sight. If everything isn’t working at 100% efficiency, loss of stability can occur – producing a greater likelihood of falls and even injuries.
But even when overt injuries don’t happen, balance problems can produce other problems elsewhere. The body compensates – putting greater strain, wear, and tear on other body parts in response… which, in turn, lead to further stress and damage.
In our practice, we use Autonomic Neuro-Muscular Reflex Testing (ANMRT) to assess your body’s ability to maintain a stable posture. In addition, it can help us identify the root cause of an injury through a more systematic, neurological approach that checks the health of your peripheral nervous system.