As we age, our ability to maintain good balance when standing and walking decreases over time. As a result, individuals 65 or older and at a higher risk for falls. Hospitalizations due to falls occur in 800,000 individuals every year.1 Injuries from these falls include hip fractures, traumatic brain injury in addition to less serious injuries like bruises.Studies have shown that balance training for older adults improves static, dynamic, reactive and proactive balance responses which in turn can minimize fall risk and reduce hospitalizations.2 Setting up an area to safely practice working on balance is incredibly easy. Performing exercises at a kitchen counter gives you an extra surface to grab on to for safety. You can also place a chair behind you when practicing for an additional safety measure.
If you are concerned about your balance, or want to reduce your fall risk, call Atlas Physical Therapy at Central Park, Congress Park or Downtown Denver and we will work on increasing balance capability as well as leg strengthening to lower your risk!