Balance training for seniors — how can it help?
As we get older, our bodies unfortunately become less mobile and able to perform everyday tasks as part of the natural aging process. Our muscles become weaker while our connective tissue becomes more brittle. Even our sense of balance can be diminished.
These forces are among the factors that make falls and fractures such a common occurrence among seniors. This can lead to a vicious mobility cycle of an increasingly sedentary lifestyle and becoming even more prone to balance issues. The good news is that while no one can reverse the natural aging process, there are steps anyone can take to improve balance and stability.
One of the best ways to do this is with a trained and licensed physical therapist. As experts in the musculoskeletal system and biomechanics, physical therapists are uniquely qualified to provide balance training for seniors who are looking to increase functioning and prevent the risk of falls. As you read the following quick overview of the specific benefits this form of treatment can offer, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of our caring team.
Working with a physical therapist for balance training
When you first meet with a physical therapist, he or she will want to first assess your current level of mobility and balance. Along with discussing your health history and current activity level, you can expect to go through posture, balance and movement testing to establish a baseline and set training goals.
You will then work together to create a treatment plan consisting of strength and stability exercises as well as posture training, balance training and movement training exercises. The goal is to accomplish the following:
- Strengthen muscles and connective tissue as much as possible
- Increase stability and range of motion
- Develop a more innate sense of body awareness and balance
Combined with healthy lifestyle factors like a nutrient-rich diet and regular exercise, balance training can help seniors minimize soft tissue degeneration and enjoy an increased activity level on a long-term basis.
Balance training for seniors at Franklin Rehab
The caring and dedicated team at Franklin Rehab believes in delivering compassionate, one-on-one care to all our patients. Our experienced team can help people of all ages and medical histories with a balance training program designed to meet individual goals.
To learn more and schedule your initial appointment, contact our caring team today.