Impaired strength and balance, especially for the lower limbs of our bodies, contribute to most falls.
Improving stability, strength and balance has proven over and over again to prevent falls.
Balance declines between 40-50 years of age. The national institute of health reports that 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 years old will experience a fall each year.
Typically a person in their 50’s should be able to balance on one leg for approximately 40 seconds, a person in their 60’s approximately 20 seconds and a person in their 70’s should be able to balance for approximately 10 seconds.
Older people can definitely regain good leg strength if they are persistent and do regular strengthening and increase the intensity of their exercise in a slow and safe way.
It is never too late to start improving the bodies strength and stability. At Back to Health Physiotherapy we run a strength and balance exercise program for the mature aged person.
All exercises are supervised by our senior physiotherapist Dianne Bright who has over 37 years experience.
All strengthening and balance exercises are either done in a sitting or standing behind a chair to cater for all abilities.