Move To Music With Senior Balance Exercises

By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via

   Many older adults love to move to music and can feel more steady on their feet with their dance moves by first practicing a few senior balance exercises. Please see more information at Music has many amazing benefits. Music can get you moving, lift your mood, and even help you recall a memory. Music is beneficial for the spirit, soul and body. Furthermore, medical scientists have been investigating if music can have a positive impact on health. The National Institutes of Health and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts have partnered to expand the scope of an initiative that NIH has had with the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) for several years called Sound Health. The partnership, in association with the National Endowment for the Arts, aims to:
-expand current knowledge and understanding of how listening, performing, or creating music involves intricate circuitry in the brain that could be harnessed for health and wellness applications in daily life 
-explore ways to enhance the potential for music as therapy for neurological disorders
-identify future opportunities for research, and create public awareness about how the brain functions and interacts with music.
As an example, Another recent study suggests that the human brain possesses its own music room in the cerebral cortex, composed of populations of neural cells that are selectively dedicated to processing the sounds of music, as opposed to sounds of speech. What more, neuroscientists have found that certain brain cells release dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps control reward and pleasure, both before and during the times that people listen to musical passages with the power to give them the chills. This fascinating research is supported by medical health experts who recommend that older individuals enjoy the benefits of moving to music with various dance moves. Before embarking on a dance extravaganza, however, healthcare professionals such as doctors, nurses and physical therapists encourage those in the aging population to try performing senior balance exercises first to boost their steadiness skills and reduce their capacity of experiencing a fall while dancing.

Senior Balance Exercises For Dancing

   To safely dance to the music and enjoy  all the health benefits, older folks are encouraged to begin by rehearsing certain senior balance exercises. By practicing steadiness  exercises every day you can develop steadiness, balance abilities, as well as the necessary balance reactions at the feet and ankle and strength in the lower leg muscles.  Stability exercises help you build a solid foundation of good steadinessto apply to any movement activities including dancing.  One of the difficult aspects of dancing is that the performer must exhibit the abilities to maintain static, postural steadiness while at the same time completing dynamic movements with good balance. The aspect of combining static and dynamic balance techniques is one of the drills I instruct my balance patients on every day in our physical therapy clinic. First, I explain basic balance techniques to help the individual employ sensory feedback from their feet and ankles, to maintain a stable upright posture.  Second, I instruct each patient on how to control their body weight-shifting during dynamic movements.  Finally, we put those two static and dynamic components together to develop good balance skills during more complex activities like dancing.  If you would like more information and the ability to follow a step by step balance exercise routine developed by an experienced Physical Therapist, please see the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

    To dance safely to the music, 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

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

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