What we’ll cover
  1. How does balance work?
  2. How can physiotherapy help balance?

How to achieving Better BalanceHow to achieving Better Balance

With October being Senior’s month, a physiotherapy issue is falls and balance.  Falls are a major cause of harm to the older population. Statistics indicated that approximately 25 per cent of people aged 65 or older have experienced a fall in the past 12 months. Surprisingly, the majority of these falls occurred in and around people’s homes.

Fortunately, it is possible to improve balance and become more stable on your feet.  Understanding how your balance works and how it is affected can reduce the risk of falling

How does balance work?

Balance is reliant upon an excellent visual systems, vestibular (inner ear) systems, core stability and hip and leg control. It is important that these systems are all able to work efficiently and together to reduce the likelihood of falls.

How can physiotherapy help balance?

Physiotherapists regularly perform balance assessments and assist clients with balance retraining.  When assessing balance, it is important to assess both static and dynamic balance.

Static balance is important for everyday life and involves the ability to maintain control whilst stationary. To test your static balance, try and stand on one leg. Make sure you are standing next to a sturdy item, such as the kitchen bench or the sink. If this is too easy, try testing your balance by removing your visual field and close your eyes whilst balancing on one leg. Without the ability to maintain static balance, your chances of falling with movement or increased loading are high.

Dynamic balance involves being able to avoid falling whilst moving, such as when reaching, walking, jogging, jumping or even throwing. The more demanding and quicker the movement, the better your dynamic balance needs to be to be able to cope.

With practice, balance can be improved over time. In most cases, your balance deficits can be quickly improved with specific balance or stability exercises. Our physios at Malvern East Physiotherapy are equipped to assess your dynamic and static balance through a number of easy and safe techniques.  We can identify and tailor specific exercises which can make a big difference to reduce the likelihood of falls.  These exercises can be performed safely at home or with the supervision of our physiotherapists with our strengthening exercise classes.

If you are concerned about any aspect of your balance consult our team today at Malvern East Physiotherapy for a balance assessment.  Remember, it’s never too late to start!

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Last week we were fortunate enough to head back to uni and refresh our anatomy knowledge at @latrobeuni in the anatomy labs. 

Thank you to the Latrobe School of Physiotherapy for inviting us! Last week our team celebrated another great year. 

Whilst Melbourne’s weather had its own plans, we were still determined to keep with the theme of ‘Italian Summer’. We let our hair down to master the art of mixology 🍸🍹followed by an Italian feast. Friday morning Run Club with the team. Practicing what we preach!

Staying stronger, healthier and happier. This time last week, our team was nervously completing their final preparations for @melbmara . 

Congratulations to our physiotherapists and ME community who ran on the day.

Dilen and Michael completed their first marathons. Abbey and Lizzie smashed out their first half. Last Sunday, our team headed down to see our own Matt Warren win a premiership in the VAFA Premier Men’s Competition. Last week our team dedicated a full day to professional development and team building. At ME Physio we pride ourselves on collaboration to put you at the centre of everything we do. 

Our team covered the latest treatments for back pain, financial well-being and finished off the day with salsa dancing. 

Many thanks to our guests including James Schomburgk from @the2ndvisitphysio , Financial Planners Tony Vikram & Cameron Bishop and the @salsafoundation At ME Physio, our focus is on helping you get stronger so that you can keep doing the things you love.

For Tony and Joan, healthier and stronger is being able to navigate the iconic Coast to Coast Walk in the UK! We recently had the pleasure of hosting Elise Bujor from Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy to discuss women’s health issues across the lifespan. 

Our team pride themselves on staying up to date to ensure you’re able to stay healthier, happier and stronger. Huge milestones over the past few weeks with both Tom and Jude from @delasallefc doing their first bit of running in their rehab. 

Tom is on the return from an ankle dislocation whilst Jude is putting in the hard work following a knee reconstruction. Last week our team enjoyed some friendly rivalry at the footy. 

With finals around the corner, some of our team can now safely make holidays plans for September. We recently had the pleasure of hosting the podiatry team from @sespodiatry. 

Our physiotherapists Michael and Abbey presented on rehabilitation following Achilles surgical repair and ankle surgery. Last weekend some of our team got together to complete the 10 km run @runmelbourne. There was no finish line picture as some were keen to run another 15 km!

Whilst running wasn’t for some - brunch was well received by everyone.

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