Balance exercises help prevent falls, a common problem in older adults that can have serious consequences. A bit of background. The last time I saw my physician she had me do a series of balance exercises in the hallway. These exercises included walking a straight line down the hall, heel to toe, walking on my heels, on my toes, and on the outer edges of my feet.
Testing your 3 balance systems is a bit tricky to do on your own, but it can be done. Remember that the 3 systems include your vision, your sensation/proprioception and your inner ear. I’ll explain how to test each of the 3 below, but let me give you a word of caution first: when you test your balance on your own, you run the risk of falling. So if you’re interested in performing these tests, make sure you’re in a safe environment and that someone is nearby to help you correct your balance if needed.
160222 About the Author Dr. Luke Gordon My name is Luke Gordon, and I’m a Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Gordon Physical Therapy (an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Spokane Valley). In my 13+ years of working as a physical therapist, I’ve had the opportunity to help hundreds of people improve their balance and reduce the likelihood of having a fall. Many of these people have had issues with their balance for months (if not years), and they’re afraid about the potentially life-altering effects of having a fall. Whether they’re trying to avoid their first fall, or they’ve already experienced multiple falls, the ultimate goal is the same: to remain as active and independent as possible.
Many of these people have had issues with their balance for months (if not years), and they’re afraid about the potentially life-altering effects of having a fall. Whether they’re trying to avoid their first fall, or they’ve already experienced multiple falls, the ultimate goal is the same: to remain as active and independent as possible.
, I want to make the purpose of this report as clear as possible: the goal of this report is to give you some actionable items that can help you improve your balance right away. This report is NOT an all-encompassing solution to your balance issues... Rather, it’s a starting point to give you some confidence that there are things you can do to improve your balance and reduce the likelihood of having a fall, and that you don’t just have to accept things the way they are (even if you are getting older!)
Beginning a new activity starts with learning how to do it correctly. In the case of Tai-Chi this will mean seeking out a competent instructor who will guide you in the technical aspects of posture and movement. Pay
An introduction to Tai-Chi part 1 of 2 Some of you may remember a similar post on this topic a while back, however due to my busy schedule at that time the entire first part was not a part of that article. So I am giving it another go this time. Tai-Chi is an ancient … Continue reading 081021 An introduction to Tai-Chi part 1 of 2
A simple thing can change your life—like tripping on a rug or slipping on a wet floor. If you fall, you could break a bone, like thousands of older men and women do each year. For older people, a break can be the start of more serious problems, such as a trip to the hospital, injury, or even disability.
Balance is a critical part of living an active life, especially as we age.
Practicing with dynamic balance exercises may help prevent a fall.