Senior Balance Exercises For Safe Walking

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

   Being able  to walk  safely is an essential goal for older adults and performing senior balance exercises every day can help make walking safer. Please see more information at  http://www.exerciseforbalance.com/buy-now Walking is a very complex motor function between the incoming information from the body, the central processing in the brain and the motor output to the muscles in the body for proper foot placement and balance. In terms of the sensory input that is sent to the brain, the balance center in the cerebral cortex takes in information from the eyes, the movement detector called the vestibular system in the inner ear, and the sensory receptors in the muscles, ligaments, joints and sense of touch from the feet. Individuals with Peripheral Neuropathy have changes in that sensory perception that effects stability with walking and other movement activities. Typically, peripheral neuropathy affects the nerves of sensation. As a result, patients affected by peripheral neuropathy develop pain, burning, or tingling in the distribution of the affected nerves. Most commonly this is in the feet and/or hands. This can cause tingling, numbness, and/or burning in the toes or fingers.
The treatment for peripheral neuropathy depends on its cause. The first step in treatment is, therefore, to look for the cause.
  • Vitamin deficiencies can be corrected.
  • Diabetes can be controlled, although control may not reverse the neuropathy. The goal with diabetes is early detection and adequate treatment to prevent the occurrence of neuropathy.
  • Neuropathies that are associated with immune diseases can improve with treatment of the autoimmune disease.
  • Neuropathy caused by nerve entrapment can be treated by physical therapy, injections, or surgery.
    On another note, Peripheral Neuropathy has secondary symptoms of numbness in the feet which leads to a greater risk of falling. Therefore, aging individuals who suffer with numbness in their feet are more likely to stumble and lose their balance, leading to a fall and hip or wrist fracture. For that reason, medical professionals like doctors, nurses and physical therapists suggest that folks with Peripheral Neuropathy rehearse senior balance exercises to improve steadiness and minimize the potential of a fall.

Senior Balance Exercises For Foot Numbness

     For those older ADULTS WHO SUFFER WITH NUMBNESS IN THEIR FEET, MEDICAL PROVIDERS RECOMMEND THAT THEY PARTICIPATE IN senior balance exercises ON A REGULAR BASIS. oNE OF THE FIRST EQUILIBRIUM ROUTINES THAT IS ENCOURAGED IS TO STAND WITH YOUR FEET SHOULDER WIDTH A PART AND YOUR BODY WEIGHT CENTERED IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR FEET. fROM THIS STARTING POSITION, YOU CAN PRACTICE SLOWLY SHIFTING YOUR BODY WEIGHT FORWARS AND BACKWARDS OR SIDE TO SIDE. nEXT, YOU CAN STAND ON ONE FOOT AND SLOWY SWING THE OTHER FOOT FRONT TO BACK OR SIDE TO SIDE. tHIS WEIGHT SHIFTING ACTIVITY MIMICS AN EVERY Day WALKING PATTERN AND PREPARES YOU FOR NORMAL WALKING ACTIVITIES. This will help you overcome the deficits of numbness in the feet that comes from Peripheral Neuropathy. You can learn how to correctly perform these senior balance exercises by joining in with the instruction in the Exercise For Balance DVD.

Senior Balance Exercises In The Exercise For Balance DVD

Learn balance exercises with the Exercise For Balance DVD

    For folks with numbness in the feet, 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

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

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