Tendon Strains And Senior Balance Exercises
2 Senior Balance Exercises For Tendon Strains
By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com
As we age, tendon strains can become more common, creating a limping gait pattern, imbalance and the need to perform strengthening exercises and senior balance exercises. Please see more information at http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Probably the most familiar tendon issues that people have experienced or heard about are Achilles Tendinitis and Tennis Elbow. Medical research has learned a lot about tendon strains over the last few years. One major enlightenment is that tendon strains that are true “tendonitis” are a result of a trauma where the inflammatory response lasts one to two days. Most of us experience what is now called TENDINOPATHY. Tendinopathy occurs secondary to a failed healing response that includes:
– degeneration of tendon tissue
-increased cellular formation in a very disorganized way
-micro tearing within the tendon tissue
-decreased ability to resist forces
-new blood vessel formation in the tissue that is very painful
Usually tendinopathies are more common as we age and as we overload the tissues due to repetitive stress, being over weight, being weak in opposing muscles or having decreased flexibility of the muscle. There are several tendons in the lower extremities that when they are injured cause pain, weakness, stiffness, altered walking patterns, imbalance. Those common tendon issues can occur at the hip (Iliopsoas, Gluteus Medius or Gluteus Maximus or Hamstring), Patella Tendon (below the knee), and Achilles Tendon. when older individuals have a tendon strain and resulting pain with walking, they compensate with a limping gait which throws their balance off and puts them at a greater risk for falling. As a result, medical professionals like doctors, physician assistants and physical therapists recommend that aging individuals with tendon strains perform certain strengthening exercises as well as senior balance exercises.
Senior Balance Exercises For Tendon Pain
For older folks who have been diagnosed with a tendon strain in their lower extremity, practicing specific strengthening routines and senior balance exercises will be significantly helpful. One leg strengthening routine involves raising up on your toes and then slowly lowering your heel back to the ground. You can progress this eccentric strengthening routine by raising up on both sets of toes and then lowering down on just one foot. It is best to repeat that calf strengthening exercise 15-20 times 2-3 times a day. In addition, you can rehearse a single leg standing routine to develop necessary stability with all the activities that you do standing on your feet. The single leg standing routines involves standing near a counter, table, sink or other solid object (to hold on if you need to) and standing on just one foot. You can stand on one foot for twenty seconds, repeating that three times in a row. Proceed by standing on the other foot for twenty seconds, three times in a row. By performing eccentric strengthening exercises and standing equilibrium routines, you will develop strong leg muscles and better steadiness that will help decrease the wear and tear on your leg tendons, improving your pain level, stability and quality of life. You can learn how to correctly perform these strengthening and senior balance exercises by joining in with the demonstration in the Exercise For Balance DVD.
Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD
For those with tendon strains, get started on a course of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare provider recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is a high quality instructional DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and simple to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes a step by step series of the latest balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to carry out basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry, walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult pursuits like skiing, dancing, playing golf and hiking. In the comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, how to apply steadiness techniques and how to safely execute balance routines from a qualified balance specialist — licensed Physical Therapist—who has worked with balance and dizziness disorders for over 25 years. Get your copy of the Exercise For Balance DVD by clicking on the BUY NOW button
Beat pain and start balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.
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