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.  

“I have had 4 knee surgeries and recovery has been spectacular due to regular exercise.”

Happiness is a healthier, stronger ME.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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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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