Head Trauma And Senior Balance Exercises
Senior Balance Exercises For Concussive Injuries
By Suzanne Stoke, Physical Therapist @ Exercise For Balance via www.exerciseforbalance.com
Falling and sustaining a blow to the head is a real fear among older adults, which can be alleviated by performing certain senior balance exercises every day. Please see http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Falls are common among those in the aging population and typical injuries that result from a fall include hip and wrist fractures as well as blows to the head. Head injuries such as concussions can occur when an aging individual falls backwards and hits the back of the head or falls on to the face and sustains a concussion by hitting the front of the head or face. A concussion is a brain injury caused by a fall or blow, jolt or bump to the head that causes the brain and head to move back and forth rapidly. While most young people recover from mild concussions quickly, elders can have symptoms that last for days or weeks. A person doesn’t have to pass out (lose consciousness) to have a concussion. Some people will have obvious symptoms of a concussion, such as passing out or forgetting what happened right before the injury. But other people won’t. Signs of concussion can include:
• Headaches and blurry vision
• Dizziness, lightheaded-ness, and nausea
• Balance problems (making standing and walking difficult)
• Sensitivity to light and noise
• Irritability, anxiety, and sadness
• Lack of energy and sleepiness
• Impaired concentration, not thinking clearly, or having trouble organizing daily tasks.
Concussions in elders can be dangerous. Signs of a serious problem include:
• A headache that gets worse or does not go away.
• Weakness, numbness, or decreased coordination.
• Slurred speech.
• Extreme drowsiness or you cannot wake the person.
• Problems in recognizing people or places.
• Increasing confusion, restlessness, or agitation.
To minimize the possibility of falling and sustaining a concussion, older folks should practice senior balance exercises as part of a daily fitness routine.
Senior Balance Exercises For Injury Prevention
By rehearsing senior balance exercises every day, older individuals can improve their balance and decrease the risk of a fall and hit on the head. Basic equilibrium routines can include standing one foot in a tandem stance fashion. Tandem stance involves standing one foot in front of the other foot, touching heel to toe. Try to hold this position for 20 seconds three times. You can practice this tandem stance routine and other senior balance exercises by following the instruction of a knowledgeable Physical Therapist in the Exercise For Balance DVD.
To avoid concussions, please initiate a program of the best balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD. The healthcare professional recommended Exercise For Balance DVD is an excellent educational DVD to use at home or in a group setting. The easy to understand and to follow Exercise For Balance DVD includes a step by step series of up to date balance and strength exercises necessary to optimize senior fitness and to perform basic daily activities like shopping, doing laundry, walking, standing, cleaning house, stair climbing or to advance to more difficult activities like skiing, dancing, bocce ball and hiking. In the comprehensive Exercise For Balance DVD, you will learn how to improve stability, steadiness techniques and 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
Live strong by starting balance exercises today with the Exercise For Balance DVD to improve balance and prevent falls.
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