Senior Balance Exercises With Eye Exercises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

  Our visual sensory information is essential for maintaining stability with movement to activities and can be an enhanced by combining eye routines with  senior balance exercises.  Please see further information that The human brain uses three main types of sensory information to help with steadiness.  The primary sensory input that the human brain  uses is our visual information.  Our vision helps to see what is going on in the environment around us.  As an example, our eyes to tell us if we’re walking on carpets, grass, uneven hiking trails, or slippery sidewalks.  Furthermore our vision tells our brain how high to lift the leg to go up a set of stairs or to step a curb.  Unfortunately, as we age our vision typically diminishes and can be further reduced with medical diseases such as glaucoma, or macular degeneration.  At a result , it is critical for older adults to perform specific senior balance exercises as well as visual exercises to help maximize their balance abilities and limit their potential for falling.

Combine Eye And Senior Balance Exercises

   By combining visual exercises with senior balance exercises, older individuals are abled to maximize their steadiness with called movement activities.  As an example, in the physical therapy clinics we have the patient hold a business card at arm’s length and look at the writing on the business card while they turned their head slowly 45° to the right and then 45° to the left.  This visual routine is called gaze stabilization, which helps the brain focus on one object while the head is moving side to side.  You can then ask the patient to hold their head still while they move the business card slowly left to right.  This visual routine helps in the brain processing of all tracking movements.  A more difficult routine involves moving to the head 45° to the left WHIL you move the business card 45° to the right and keep your eyes on the card throughout the exercise.  This technique enhances the vestibular ocular reflex which is one of the primary visual inputs that the human brain uses.  Once a patient becomes comfortable with these visual routines, we can then progress to adding the stability exercises.  As an example, I have a patient stand on one foot while they look at the business card in front of them and turn their head 45° to the right and 45° to the left.  We can progress this visual exercise even more by having the individual stand on one foot in gaze at the business card as it moves 45° to the left and 45° to the right in front of them.  The hardest eye routine to perform involves training  the vestibular ocular reflex while standing on one foot.  To be specific, you stand on one foot while your head turns 45° to the left and you watch the business card turning 45° to the right.  You can learn how to correctly perform these and other senior balance exercises by following the demonstration of a qualified physical therapist in the exercise for balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    For better stability, 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

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