Senior Balance Exercises To Reduce Pain

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Many older individuals experience symptoms of chronic pain or even simple aches and pains on a daily basis, which can be helped by keeping moving with gentle fitness programs based on senior balance exercises. Please see more information at For many years, medical researchers have been studying chronic pain and ways to relieve it. Many of the current treatments for chronic pain are dependent on recently discovered basic science achievements in the last 10 to 15 years. For example, basic science discovery in animals is the engine for developing new treatments. Through these discoveries, innovations are achieved to alleviate pathological pain and suffering in patients. The benefit of new treatments that target novel pathways is that they can avoid side effects such as dependence and addiction associated with chronic opioid treatment. When most people think of treatment for pain, they think of a pill or pharmacological treatment. New experimental approaches transcend this idea. Through our fundamental understanding of the nervous system and molecular pathways, we are able to develop other types of treatment that are focused on the pathological changes in the brain, spinal cord, and periphery that lead to chronic pain states. To be more specific, researchers discovered that in patients who suffer from chronic pain, there may be a decrease in certain molecules that contribute to the health and vitality of neurons in the spinal cord that suppress pain signals. In mouse experiments, scientists found stem cells in the bone marrow that produce these needed proteins. They harvested these cells, and implanted them into the cerebrospinal fluid that surrounds the spinal cord in mouse models of chronic pain and found that there was long-term pain relief. The potential of cell-based therapies to take advantage of the body’s own redundancy and ability to heal itself opens up new possibilities for safe adaptable treatments for chronic pain sufferers. As these new pain treatments develop, medical researchers and healthcare providers still agree that staying active and keeping moving is also a viable way to reduce aches and pains in muscles and joints. In physical therapy, we tell our patients, “Motion is Lotion. “By staying active, older adults are able to keep their joints lubricated and their muscles flexible, which helps to decrease overall aches and pains. The first step in staying physically active is to participate in senior balance exercises to develop the necessary stability to partake in fitness programs safely.

Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Moving

     For older individuals who suffer with chronic pain or general every day aches and pain, One step towards staying mobile and independent is to practice senior balance exercises every day. To combat the downward spiral of immobility, weakness and imbalance that can lead to greater pain and loss of independence the first step is to initiate a gentle fitness program that begins with equilibrium routines to develop a strong foundation of stability. In physical Therapy, we promote movement as a form of pain relief, knowing that often times the best way to minimize pain is to get up and get moving. The first step, however, is to be safe by starting with steadiness exercises. One such steadiness routine is to stand on one foot, allowing your ankles to wiggle and build strong and fast balance reactions. You can perform this routine  standing on one foot for twenty seconds, three times on each foot, three times a day. You can learn this senior balance exercises and others in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To begin moving past pain safely, 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 by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.

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