If you’re looking for simple exercises to help you improve your balance at home, this post is just for you!
I just created 3 new videos where I demonstrate simple and effective balance exercises.
All you need is a foam pad or couch cushion for some of them (or an old pillow you don’t mind stepping on!).
Just one word of caution before you checking out these videos: please make sure you prioritize your safety!
In a previous blog, I explained how you can test your “3 Balance Systems” to determine your body’s ability to give your brain accurate sensory input. Recall that giving your brain accurate input regarding your balance is the first key step in maintaining your balance and avoiding a fall.
And the next 2 steps involve your ability to process this sensory input and make any necessary corrections.
So far, I’ve tried to keep my explanations of your balance pretty simple… and I’m hoping that today won’t be too confusing.
However, keep this in mind as we discuss the 8 factors that can influence your balance: there are a lot of different factors involved when it comes to maintaining your balance. Often times, people who struggle with poor balance will have 2-3 factors that specifically affect them. Your ability to improve your balance will depend on figuring out which 2-3 factors are affecting you and improving them if you can (not all of them can be improved, but I’ll discuss that as we go along).
Last week, I introduced you to what I refer to as the “downward spiral” of having a fall. In short, I highlighted how one isolated fall can often have life-altering consequences, ultimately including things like depression and decreased enjoyment in life.
And while this may have been a rough way to start the conversation about balance and fall prevention, I also promised to brighten things up by sharing some useful information with you about how you can improve your balance and stay active. And today, that’s just what I plan to do!
But before you set off to improve your balance, it’s vital that you understand how your balance actually works. Let’s oversimplify it before I give you too many details.
Maintaining your balance is basically a 3-step process:
->> Step #1: Your ability to sense your balance
->> Step #2: Your ability to process this sensory input
->> Step #3: Your ability to respond to this input and make adjustments
If you struggle with chronic swelling and/or lymphedema (in your legs, arms or abdomen), there are some simple strategies you can use at home to reduce the swelling.
In this blog/video, I’ll share 6 simple strategies to help you reduce swelling and lymphedema at home.
I’ve been learning some new tricks lately from the 2 lymphedema specialists here at Gordon Physical Therapy, specific to helping people with chronic swelling and lymphedema.
If you struggle with swelling in your feet, legs and/or abdomen, check out these 4 key points, which will help you understand what can be done to help reduce these issues.
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