What is Balance Training?
Everyone has a risk of falling. Some, however, have a higher risk than others. As we age, our bodies can become weaker, and our balance may also deteriorate, leading to more likelihood of falls. Balance training can assist in decreasing your risk of falling.
According to the CDC, one in five falls causes a serious injury, and every year almost 3 million elderly people are treated in emergency departments for fall related injuries. Additionally, over 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling.
Experts in movement, physical therapists at Oklahoma Hand and Physical Therapy can perform a thorough set of tests to examine your posture, strength, balance, and range of motion. Following the assessment, your therapist will discuss a custom treatment plan to help decrease your fall risk and help you gain confidence when walking.
Balance training helps improve the communication between your muscles and your brain to improve your balance and coordination. Working on strength and core stability further help with balance and posture. Sometimes the use of orthotics or an assistive device may be necessary. Whatever your balance training looks like, treating the root of the problem will lead to a successful outcome and reduced risk of falls or injury.
What are the Benefits of Balance Training?
- Improved power and agility
- Improved joint stability
- Improved strength and balance
- Reduced back pain
- Reduced risk of falling