Balance Training

Balance Testing and Rehabilitation

In order to maintain good balance, information is required from your vestibular system (the part of the ear that is responsible for balance), your eyes and your posture (feet and legs).

All of these senses need to be giving correct information to your brain in order to provide normal balance function. Many balance disorders result in either no information or incorrect information being given to the brain. Balance Training helps to reorganise this information so that it is presented correctly to the brain.

 

We use dynamic Chattecx Balance System for Balance Testing and Rehabilitation people with various conditions and as an adjunct to normal physiotherapy treatment.

 

Adding Some Balance To Your Exercise Regime

 

Balance training is often neglected when people are developing their fitness .  This may be because they don’t understand the benefits of balance training. Balance is the ability to control your body’s position, whether stationary (i.e. a complex yoga pose) or while moving (e.g. skiing).

Balance is a key component of fitness, along with strength, endurance, and flexibility. There are various ways to perform balance exercises. Equipment like a Chattecx Balance System, Wii,  stability ball, BOSU ball, or balance board can be incorporated.  Improving your balance can also help with performing your daily activities like standing on tiptoes to reach something on the top shelf, walking up and down the stairs, or walking on an uneven sidewalk without falling.

Here are some benefits to incorporating balance training into your workout:

1)      Body Awareness – Body awareness is the sense of how your limbs are oriented in space, also known as proprioception.  When balance training improves body awareness, which decreases the likelihood of injury.

2)      Coordination – Balance training requires your entire body to work together, otherwise you will fall or stumble. Improved coordination during balance training will be transferred into coordination in everyday life.

3)      Joint Stability – Balance training promotes stables knees, ankles, hips, and shoulders. This can prevent a large array of injuries including sprained ankles and serious knee problems.

4)      Reaction Time – Balance training can improve one’s reaction time. If you happen to slip or stumble when performing balance exercises, your body needs to re-balance immediately or you will fall. This in turn will improve your reaction time in everyday life.

5)      Long term health- Incorporating balance training into your exercise routine helps to maintain or improve your balance, which is needed to prevent falls and fractures. As we age, our balance can deteriorate, something we want to avoid.

It is evident how important balance is to living a healthy, functional life. It is important to incorporate balance exercise into your fitness routine and rehabilitation.