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    Reduce the risk of falling

    Did you know that April is Falls prevention month? In line with this month and these unprecedented times, our physiotherapist Laura Scott discusses what we can do to reduce our likelihood of falling. This is especially important as most of us are electing to stay inside in self isolation or social distancing. However, it is still crucial to remain as active as possible with sedentary behavior known to greatly increase our risk of falling.

    In Australia, nearly one third of people aged over 65 fall once or more each year. Even more concerning is that over half of those aged over 85 will fall at least this year.

    We know that falls can be a traumatic experience for individuals and families causing both physical and emotional distress. Aside from a physical injury itself, individuals often experience a loss of confidence and as a result ultimately begin to reduce their activity levels and social participation due to fear of falling again.

    Balance itself is dependent upon three inputs; vision, proprioception (being the awareness of where body parts are in space) and our vestibular system (a sensory system located within our ears that provides input to the brain about the position of our head and orientation). Naturally as we age, these components can be impacted.

    Evidence suggests that exercise is an effective measure for the prevention of falls. Specific interventions can include:

    • Standing with a narrowed base of support i.e. feet closer together, heel-to-toe or alternatively on one leg.
    • Standing on a softer surface i.e. a piece of foam or a pillow
    • Altering our visual field i.e. turning out head from right to left as we try to maintain our balance
    • Standing on one leg and tapping in difference directions

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    It is critical that when attempting any balance exercise, that we set ourselves up in a safe environment with something to grab a hold of if need be. Often the kitchen bench, bathroom sink or the back of a chair are good. Incorporating exercises into our daily routine doesn’t have to be taxing or strenuous simple habit stack it. For example, whilst waiting for the kettle to boil or even whilst brushing your teeth try standing with a narrowed base of support or on one leg if up for the challenge.

    In addition to exercises at home, our clinic has a range of exercise options under the guidance and supervision of our physiotherapists including our strength and balance classes.

    If you have experienced a fall in the past 12 months, call our team to book your balance assessment today. Online and onsite physiotherapy appointments are currently available. Call us today or book online.

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    Back to school 🔙📚

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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