Balance training has a significant benefit for people of all ages and abilities and can be easily incorporated into an exercise routine. Balance training may include the following:
- fall prevention in the elderly
- improve an athlete’s ability to produce enough amount of power to perform a high jump
- increase an individual’s capability to walk on uneven ground and manage obstacles without difficulty.
According to the National Council on Aging: Falls are the leading cause of injury and even death for older Americans.
Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs.
However, falling is something that could be avoided regardless of age. Through evidence-based interventions, practical lifestyle adjustments, and community partnerships; the frequency of falls among the advanced age group can be substantially reduced.
Your Physical Therapists will answer questions about how the body maintains its balance, and how individuals can improve their balance and reduce the risk of falling. Balance can be improved by applying challenges to the body while maintaining proper postural control. These challenges can be performed while standing still or through advanced transitional movements.
A recommendation for stability, coordination and strengthening program, a formal exercise program, a walking regimen that includes balance components such as changes in walking surfaces/terrains, distance, and elevations and aquatics classes geared toward balance and coordination. At AAA PT, our physical therapists examine each patient and develop a personalized plan of care using treatment techniques to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability and decrease fall risk.