Strength and Balance Problems

It is important as we age to exercise on a regular basis to maintain strength and balance otherwise our risk of falling increases dramatically

Man strength and balance trainingResearch shows that leg muscle weakness and impaired balance contribute to most falls.

Research also shows that people, even in their 90ís can improve their strength and balance to achieve stability and avoid falls.

Our Exercise Program

  • The program consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises progressing in difficulty and a walking plan.
  • The exercises are individually prescribed and increase in difficulty during a series of 5 visits.
  • Each person receives a booklet with instructions for each exercise. Anke cuff weights are used to provide resistance for some of the exercises.
  • The exercises take about 30 minutes to complete at home. Participants are expected to exercise three times a week and go for a walk at least twice a week.
  • To help them adhere to the program, participants record the days they complete the program.

Does it Work?

  • The program has been evaluated in 1016 people aged 65 to 97 living at home.
  • The program improved participants strength and balance and maintained their confidence in carrying out everyday activities without falling.
  • Overall the exercise program significantly reduced the number of falls and the number of injuries resulting from falls.

Is this Program Suitable for Me?

  • Are you aged over 65?
  • Do you want to improve your balance?
  • Do you want to improve your strength?
  • Have you had a fall in the last year?
  • Do you take more than 4 medications?
  • Are you slow to get out of a chair with no arms?
  • Are you cautious when walking on uneven ground?
  • Do you use a walking aid eg. walking stick?
  • Have you been hospitalised, ill or had a period of immobility in the past 4 months?

Score

0-1: This program may not be suitable for you.
2-3: This program is recommended.
4 or more: This program is highly recommended.