Balance is the ability to control your body position while standing or moving. Mobility is the ability to stand up and walk in a range of environments. Both of these can deteriorate with age and certain health conditions make this deterioration worse. The good news is that a well-designed exercise program can usually improve the balance and mobility in people of any age.

At Extend Physiotherapy, we can assess your balance and mobility. We can help establish the causes of any problems identified and set up an appropriate exercise program for you. The exercises should involve practise of the aspects of balance and mobility you find difficult. This may involve balancing on one leg or walking with both feet on a line. If your balance is more severely affected, just standing without hand support may be a suitably challenging exercise for you.

It is important that exercises to improve balance and mobility are undertaken safely but are difficult enough to lead to improvement. Therefore, the exercises need to be targeted to your level and modified as you improve.

Extend Physiotherapy will design specific exercise programs to help with balance and mobility. This is because the role of the brain is so important in coordinating movement and the brain responds well to practise (neuroplasticity). Other benefits, depending on the type of exercise, can include increased muscle strength, better cardiovascular fitness and better function. Your physiotherapist can also assess your need for a walking aid and prescribe the most suitable one for you.

If you have a vestibular problem, such as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), our  physiotherapists at Extend can treat this with exercises that involve certain head movements.

Extend Physiotherapy run their own Power Balance class to promote the role of exercise in balance. These classes promote cognitive as well as physical strategies to improve balance.

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