Strength and Balance
To request a Strength and Balance appointment with ME Physio call us on (03) 9571 6888 or click the book now button.
At ME Physio we offer a range of services to improve your strength and balance. Utilising our onsite rehabilitation gym space, we have individual sessions or group based classes designed to reduced your risk of falling and improve your day to day fitness. Our strength and balance services are designed and tailored by our physiotherapists for those over the age of 60.
Our team of physiotherapists are experts at assessing your balance and providing an individualised program. Our programs will not only help improve your balance, but improve your overall strength and fitness to get you back doing the things you love.
Regardless of whether you have exercised before, our physiotherapists will be able to assist and ensure that you feel supported with an exercise program specifically designed to challenge you safely. As these programs are performed by our physiotherapists, we will be able to modify or adapt these exercises where required if there is previous injury or surgery.
You can be assured that these exercises are not only beneficial but also social with our exercise groups often getting a coffee at the local café nearby.
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How can we improve balance and prevent falls?
Balance exercises are specifically designed to challenge your internal systems by applying changes and perturbations making your body practice it’s righting response and reflexes.
These perturbations can be created by external or internal changes. This includes challenging your vision such as closing your eyes, or by changing your centre of gravity such as balancing with your feet together.
Your physiotherapists are well placed to ensure you challenge your balance in a safe environment based on a falls and balance assessment.
Why is balance important for falls prevention?
Improving your balance has been proven to reduce the likelihood of falling. In addition, balance and strength training has also been shown to reduce the severity of injuries associated with falling when falls are sustained.
What is the management of falls?
Your physiotherapist will be well equipped to assess your balance and likelihood of falling. They will perform a series of assessments to test our balance reflex and strength.
It is very important to note, that decreased balance is not a normal part of the ageing process. It is not normal to have an increase in falls as we get older. In fact, a lot of these changes where they occur are reversable with strength and balance training.
In addition, where required, your physiotherapist is able to prescribe and recommend the best gait aid such as a walking stick or frame. This is important as the aim of the gait aid is to assist with independence and balance without exacerbating or decreasing strength.
Does balance training prevent falls?
Balance training reduces the likelihood of falls and has been shown to reduce the likelihood of injuries associated with falling.
In addition to balance training, it is important to reduce their likelihood of falling by also considering appropriate and well fitting foot wear. Given the majority of falls occur within the home environment, it is also worthwhile to ensure that hallways are kept well clear and any falls risks such as cords or rugs are secured.