Loss of balance can occur in people of all ages, and can have a huge impact on levels of independence and the confidence to participate in everyday activities.
Balance can be impacted by a range of different means, including:
- Musculoskeletal injury, causing an altered walking pattern or weakness in a particular limb
- Neuromuscular conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neuron Disease and Parkinson’s
- Neurological issues that may occur after suffering a stroke or brain injury
- The ageing process, which can impact on proprioception and motor control
- Issues with hearing and the inner ear
- Loss of muscle mass, through a sedentary lifestyle or long periods of inactivity.
Our Exercise Physiologist can design a program specific to improving balance and reducing the risk of falls in people of all ages. These programs can be:
- Supervised individual or group exercise classes, completed in our exercise facilities at Oakden or Toorak Gardens. These sessions use a variety of equipment to build leg strength, challenge balance and improve proprioception. It is highly recommended to begin with these sessions to ensure your safety as you complete the exercises; our Accredited Exercise Physiologist will ensure you are never placed at any risk.
- Individually-tailored home exercise programs with regular reviews to ensure that you are improving and progressing in your balance exercises.
Falls prevention is also a key component in the treatment of people with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia as these conditions increase the risk of fracturing a bone if a fall occurs. To read more about bone health, click here.
If a loss of balance is affecting your day to day quality of life, it is never too late to improve in this area. For more information, call 8331 1557 today and ask about an individual balance program to reclaim your confidence.