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Falls and balance
As we get older our bodies change, whether we like it or not. Some of these changes are a normal part of the ageing process, others are due to diseases and health issues. Some problems that may develop like pain, joint stiffness, and muscle weakness, can lead to mobility problems. Other problems such as poorer eyesight, dizziness, less feeling in the feet, and slower reaction times can also contribute to walking and balance difficulties. People often don’t notice these changes, as they often happen slowly over the years.
You may find it more difficult to get up from the lounge chair, or you may have had a slip, trip or a fall. It is important to talk to your doctor about any falls you have. Falls may be a sign of a new medical problem, muscle weakness, balance problems, medication side effects or a combination of issues. If you have fallen in the last 6 months you are more likely to fall again.
Physiotherapists can assess balance and mobility and provide treatment to improve function. Through manual therapies and exercise a physiotherapist can help reduce pain and increase mobility.
Exercise is a great way to strengthen muscles and bones. Physiotherapists create individualized exercise programs that can easily be followed at home. Balance training can improve an older person’s confidence and stability to help them to move around their home and community more easily and safely, and keep them doing the things they enjoy.
Written by: Leanne Bamford