Balance training involves doing exercises that strengthen the muscles that help keep you upright, including your legs and core. These kinds of exercises can improve stability and help prevent falls.
The aim of a falls prevention program is to reduce the incidence and severity of falls among older adults. There has been research demonstrating that many falls among older people can be prevented.
Experts in sports medicine and physical therapy say that in addition to the usual range of motion, flexibility, and strengthening exercises, rehabilitation should include exercises aimed at training (or retraining) the body's sense of its position in space — in particular, its sensation of limb and joint movement.
This largely unconscious capacity is what allows us, for example, to walk in the dark without losing our balance or to distinguish the brake from the accelerator without looking at our feet.
Aging and injury to muscles and ligaments can take a toll on this skill.
Anyone experiencing decreased mobility, is unsteady on their feet or is fearful of falling can greatly benefit from a balance and strength program individually designed by an accredited Exercise Physiologist.
This will help to stay active, healthy and independent for as long as possible.