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Three major benefits of balance training for seniors

November 1st, 2019

Along with other faculties, decreased balance and stability are something we all have to deal with as part of the natural aging process. Contributors to this include weakening core muscles, increasingly brittle bones and connective tissue, and changes in our vestibular systems. 

Because of this, falls and fractures become an increasingly large risk for the elderly. Unfortunately, fractures can lead to a decrease in activity that can even further diminish good balance. While everyone has to deal with these changes, there are proactive steps anyone can take, whether from a purely preventative standpoint or as part of a rehabilitation program. 

Among the steps that are commonly recommended are balance and stability training with a physical therapist. Since they are trained experts in the biomechanics and structure of the human body, therapists are highly qualified to provide balance training for seniors. While everyone is different, goals for this type of treatment are typically to reduce the risk of falls and increase overall functioning. 

By having a better understanding of the specific benefits offered by balance training, we want to help you make an informed decision about your care. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you’d like to learn more about potential treatment options we can offer. 

How receiving balance training from a physical therapist can help you

At your initial physical therapy appointment, your therapist will assess your current degree of balance and mobility. Along with a discussion of your medical history, you can expect to undergo testing of your posture and biomechanics to better set goals for treatment. 

With this information, your therapist can work with you to make a treatment plan consisting of assisted strength and stability exercises as well as other methods. Here are three of the major benefits of this type of treatment: 

  1. Develops body awareness — Your sense of balance is highly connected to muscle memory, which requires repetitive movements and practice to hone. 
  2. Strengthens supporting muscles — As we get older, our muscles start to atrophy, leading to decreased stability and balance. A physical therapist can help you perform targeted exercises to strengthen important supporting muscles. 
  3. Increases stability — Working with a therapist to make specific adjustments to your body mechanics can help you be more stable while moving, standing and sitting.  

Combined with other lifestyle adjustments and treatments, balance training can help seniors regain a higher quality of life and decrease the risk of falls. 

Balance training therapy with Rehab Access

The compassionate staff at Rehab Access delivers exceptional and individualized care to everyone who comes to us seeking relief. We’re committed to helping people of all ages with balance training programs that can help you meet your unique needs. 

For more information and to schedule your initial appointment, contact our caring team today.