Balance & Falls Prevention
Leading a sedentary lifestyle increases a person’s chance of falling. It is common for people who feel unsteady on their feet to engage in less walking, which escalates the problem. The less physical activity you do the more your falls risk increases, because muscles get weaker, joints stiffer and your balance gets worse.
Our bodies are meant to move. Physical activity keeps us healthy, while improving:
- Muscle strength and flexibility
- Bone density
- Mood, self-esteem and confidence
- Ability to complete basic daily tasks, which enhances independence
If you have osteoporosis (thin, weak bones) you are more likely to break or fracture a bone if you fall. The need for falls prevention strategies is therefore more important in people with this condition. It is never too late to identify and treat osteoporosis or to prevent falls.
How can 4 Life Exercise Physiology help?
Assessment – We will assess your risk of falling through strength/balance testing and questionnaires
Exercise Prescription – Exercises and activities that make you both stronger and improve your balance lower the risk of having a fall. You will have an individualised exercise program designed to suit your level of skill. This may be completed from home, in a class setting, or both.
Classes – We offer group exercise classes in our fully-equipped rehabilitation gym. Complete a tailor-made program in a supervised group setting for continued motivation and support. Classes are a great way to improve your skills in a safe and social environment.
Tai Chi 4 Arthritis & Wellness – These classes improve balance and prevent falls through focusing on weight transference and slow, controlled movements. You will also increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and reduce aches and pains in an enjoyable, relaxed manner.