Can balance training for seniors help you?

For seniors, falls and associated issues like fractures can have a devastating impact on independence and quality of life. One of the biggest risk factors for falls is a general lack of balance and stability. Whether walking, standing or moving from one position to the other, we all have to deal with gradually declining stability due to a breakdown in the strength of our soft tissue and bones. 

While it may seem safer to stay on the safe side and limit your activity level, becoming increasingly sedentary can lead to a vicious cycle. Muscles and connective tissue that are not used can lead to atrophy, and the less we move, the less coordinated we become.

One solution that can help in this situation is a balance training treatment plan with a qualified physical therapist that is specifically designed for the needs of seniors. At Back in Motion Physical Therapy, we believe that patient education is an essential part of treatment, which is why we’re sharing the following information. Here are some of the common signs that balance training can help you improve your activity level and decrease your fall risk. 

Signs that balance training can help you

If you are dealing with any of these issues, there is a good chance that balance training can help you:

  • You have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis — Since it causes joint inflammation and stiffness, osteoarthritis can be associated with a decrease in stability for older patients. Learning how to increase range of motion and core strength can help counteract this. 
  • You’re recovering from a fall — Patients who have already experienced a fall are at an increased risk of another one. With balance training, seniors work to increase stability to lower their risk of a second incident. 
  • You’re dealing with increased fatigue — Balance begins to decline as we tire out. Unfortunately, our energy levels are another thing that begins to fade with age, but with training and exercise we can work to slow down the natural aging process. Balance training can help to increase your endurance and reduce fatigue. 

Like any type of physical therapy, successful balance training for seniors requires a very close relationship between the practitioner and patient. 

Compassionate expertise with Back in Motion

At Back in Motion, our talented team is committed to providing you the exceptional care you deserve to stay active well into your golden years. To learn more, contact us today. We’ll be happy to help you schedule your initial appointment at one of our conveniently located clinics. 

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