The car’s alignment, or balance, is essential to the health, or longevity of the car. Can a car run without being aligned? Of course, but one or two of the tires then take more stress from the road and their tread wears out more quickly than the others.
So then, why do we as people need balance? Unlike the car, we are living creatures, but we are still under the same physical stresses. Accidents, injuries, and various stressors throughout our lives can tear loose the connective tissue that holds our spinal joints together. In an effort to keep the head centered over the neck, the body will compensate and move into an imbalanced, locked, and stressed position. When the body’s core, the spine, is not balanced, then the weight of the body is unequally distributed to certain parts of the body making them wear out prematurely. This imbalance shows up with one of the legs being longer or shorter, one hip higher or lower, one shoulder higher or lower, more weight (leaning) on one side of the body, twisting of the body framework, muscular imbalance, abnormal movement, and over time progressive wear and tear.