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An Unusual Way to Improve Your Balance

Posted Nov 27 2009 10:00pm

I hear this a lot. "My balance is just not very good. Doesn't matter what I do either. I just don't get much better."

Well, try this: a foot rub.

Massage of the feet improved single limb stance in a group of people over the age of 65. And, it was after just one session too.

My guess is that massage and balance are blind to age. I'll bet that no matter your age, your balance will improve after a good session of joint jiggling, tissue tugging, and muscle manipulation.

I can hear the cries for help now. "But, he said a foot massage would improve my balance! You don't want me to fall do you?"

Vaillant J, Rouland A, Martigné P, Braujou R, Nissen MJ, Caillat-Miousse JL, Vuillerme N, Nougier V, Juvin R.Massage and mobilization of the feet and ankles in elderly adults: effect on clinical balance performance.Man Ther. 2009 Dec;14(6):661-4. Epub 2009 May 8.

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