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Balance training is one of the most important components of a fitness regimen. Balance training is beneficial for improving dynamic joint stabilization, which is vital to preventing injuries and falls.
The specific benefits balance training include:
Improved muscular coordination
Increased muscle strength
Increased stability of joints
Reduce Fall Risk
The Body Weight Support System is capable of lifting up to 200lbs off our patient. Patient's also have the ability to walk on the treadmill in various directions.
Are you at Risk for Falls?
To prevent falls, patient's should seek the help of a physical therapist in order to FIRST modify these risk factors:
Lower body weakness
Difficulties with gait and balance
Use of psychoactive medications
Problems with feet and/or shoes
Fall risk factors are categorized as intrinsic or extrinsic
Evidence based practice
How long can you stand on one leg?
In a study done in the Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, the ability of hold a single leg stance was timed in a variety of age populations. The single leg stance is a valid measure useful in explaining other variables of importance such as frailty and self-sufficiency in daily activities, walking, and fall risk. Decreased ability to stand on one leg leads to increased fall risk. See the normative values below to determine if your loved ones are at risk.
Age 60-69 Female: 25.1 secs Male: 26.9 secs
Age 70-79 Female: 11.3 secs Male: 18.3 secs
Age 80-99 Female: 7.4 secs Male: 5.6 secs
If you are concerned about a family member please call to book a free consultation with us.
Click the citation below to see all ages & full text:
NORMATIVE VALUES OF UNIPEDAL STANCE TEST WITH EYES OPEN AND CLOSED
Springer, B. A., PT, Phd, OCS, SCS, Marin, R., MD, Cyhan, T., RN, BSN, Roberts, H., MTP, GCS, & Gill, N. W., PT, DSc, OCS, FAAOMPT. (2007). Normative Values for the Unipedal Stance Test with Eyes Open and Closed. Journal of Geriatric Physical Therapy, 30(1), 07th ser., 8-15.
Berg Balance Scale
The Berg Balance Scale is an outcome measure commonly used to access patient's static and dynamic balance abilities. It consists of 14 tasks ranging from standing from a sitting position to standing on one foot. The total score helps the therapist determine the functional mobility of an individual.