Senior Balance Exercises For Better Stability

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com

  Vibration training at a physical therapy clinic can help improve muscle strength, cardiovascular fitness and stability and can be augmented with performance of senior balance exercises at home. Please see more information at     http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now To help older individuals maintain their mobility and independence as well as a high quality of life, physical therapy clinics have added using vibration training to their exercise protocols.  Whole body vibration training, defined as the human body on a vibrating platform with or without exercise, may improve neuromuscular performance in healthy individuals and provide benefits to patients with neurological disorders such as stroke, spinal cord injury, Parkinson disease, multiple sclerosis, as well as older patients whose exercise options are limited. Currently, researchers have started to explore the possibility that whole body vibration may offer benefits to patients with knee osteoarthritis. Whole body vibration may counteract reduced cartilage thickness potentially owing to modulation of skeletal tissue, increasing oscillation of chondrocytes and augmenting thickness of the chondrocyte layer. In a recent study, Effects of whole body vibration on pain, stiffness and physical functions in patients with knee osteoarthritis, the researchers, Pu Wan et al, found that training on a vibration platform can improve leg strength, balance and physical function. The researchers summarized their findings as  “the positive finding of this study suggests that eight weeks and 12 weeks whole body vibration training have beneficial effects on improving physical functions, including walking and balance. As a novel, effective, safe and alternative approach, whole body vibration training may be available in rehabilitation programs for management of knee osteoarthritis.” In addition, older individuals can augment their vibration plate training at a physical therapy clinic with convenient senior balance exercises performed at home.

Senior Balance Exercises For Mobility

    Combining working out on a vibration plate and practicing senior balance exercises at home is a winning combination to improve stability and mobility for older adults. One way to make your workout on a vibration plate the most effective involves learning how to center your body weight in the middle of your feet to help control your body weight shifting. This equilibrium routine can be practiced at home at your own pACE  AND CONVENIENCE. The first step is to stand with your feet shoulder width apart and center your body weight in the middle of your feet as if you were aligning along a straight plumbline through the middle of your body. In thIS standing position with your body weight centered, you can concentrate on this sense of touch between your feet and the floor or the vibration plate. By focusing on the sense of touch between your feet and the floor, you will increase the sensory input into the balance center in your brain which will help enhance your stability. You can learn how to practice this steadiness technique as well as several senior balance exercises that are clearly demonstrated Buy a knowledgeable physical therapist in the exercise for balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To make the most out of your workout routine,  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

Stay steady by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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