Balance is the ability to distribute your weight in a way that lets you stand or move without falling, or recover if you trip. Good balance requires the coordination of several parts of the body: the central nervous system, inner ear, eyes, muscles, bones, and joints. Problems with any one of these can affect balance. Medical conditions can also affect balance. These include:
stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and other disorders of the central nervous system
Meniere’s disease and other conditions that originate in the inner ear, which can cause vertigo and dizziness
cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma, which distort vision
weakness in major muscles, particularly the thighs, abdomen, and back
nerve damage in the legs and feet (peripheral neuropathy) can affect the ability to sense the ground you’re standing or walking on.
Other things can also influence balance, including:
medications, including antidepressants, drugs for anxiety, pain medication, sleeping pills, antihistamines, and some heart and blood pressure medications.
alcohol, which slows reaction time and affects judgment and coordination
A medical exam can identify conditions that may impair balance, and identify drugs that may have side effects that cause lightheadedness.
Improving muscle strength in the legs and the core can improve balance. So can exercises like Tai chi that increase flexibility.
Bible verses for today’s meditation and inspiration: Matthew E. McLaren’
And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him. 1 John 5:15 NIV
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16 NIV
But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. James 1:6 NIV
But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. Luke 6:27-28 NIV
About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Acts 16:25 NIV
They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers. Acts 1:14 NIV
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray. 1 Peter 4:7 NIV
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. John 14:13 NIV
You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. James 4:2 NIV\
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16 NIV
I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. Psalm 66:17 NIV
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