Can a Bracelet Help Your Balance?
wearing a special bracelet make your balance better? The simple answer
is no. You may have seen an infomercial recently where they are in a
mall and they stop people that are walking by to have them do a couple
They do each test without wearing the bracelet, and then
they do it again wearing the bracelet. In every instance (at least the
ones they put in the commercial) the person does better athletically
when they are wearing the bracelet.
One of the most common tests
they do is for balance. They have the subject stand still, and the
salesman pushes them on one side to see how much force they can take
before they lose their balance. On the first try they lose their
balance almost immediately.
Then they put on the special
bracelet and try the test again. This time they have great balance and
it is very hard to knock them off center. So it must be the bracelet
Most people will always do better at just about any
test the second time because they now know how the test works. The
first time the people were knocked off balance, they did not know how
it was going to feel or what their body should do to counteract the
push from the salesman.
After doing the test once, they know
what it is going to feel like and they know that they just have to push
harder the opposite direction to beat the test.
In fact, the
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse tested that very idea. They had people
do the same test that are on the commercial. They used 2 bracelets. One
was the bracelet from the commercial, and one was an ordinary “placebo
Each person did each test twice, once wearing the
special bracelet and once with the placebo bracelet. Some people wore
the special bracelet on the first try, and some wore the bracelet on
the second try.
The results? As expected, people always did better on the second try, regardless of which bracelet they were wearing.
there is no quick fix for better balance, so if you see something that
looks like it will fix your problems overnight, don’t bet on it. Your
balance is a skill, and a skill can only be improved with regular
practice. You need to be doing some form or exercise for your balance
most days of the week. And it also helps to keep your legs, heart, and
other muscles strong. Exercise can work wonders, but it doesn’t happen
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