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5 Ways to Progress Balance Exercises

5 Ways to Progress Balance Exercises

Movements can be modified in 5 simple ways to affect the degree of balance difficulty. In the paragraphs below the following 5 movement modificatio...

Talking Balance on Senior Rehab Podcast

Talking Balance on Senior Rehab Podcast

Thanks to Senior Rehab Podcast for having me on the show - I enjoyed talking balance (and other topics) with Dustin Jones!  What You NEED To Know A...

5 Tips to Make Balance Rehabilitation Hip

5 Tips to Make Balance Rehabilitation Hip

The hips are often overlooked in therapy treatments. Through injury (CVA, THA, OA, etc.) and/or aging, patients often lose their ability to effecti...

Part 4: Balance Systems – Roadmap to Being the Best

This is the last post in a 4-part series on the business opportunities in balance. In the post “The Business Case for Better Balance,” I wrote that being the best at balance is a competitive advantage and includes excelling in 3 areas: knowledge (see 5-Point Check of Balance Knowledge post), equipment (see List of Must Have […]

Part 3: List of Must Have Balance Training Equipment

In the previous post “The Business Case for Better Balance,” I wrote that being the best at balance is a competitive advantage and includes excelling in 3 areas: knowledge (see 5-Point Check of Balance Knowledge post), equipment, and systems. In respect to equipment, I stated the best “have the equipment needed to treat various balance problems […]

Part 2: Five-Point Check of Balance Knowledge

In the previous post “The Business Case for Better Balance,” I wrote that the best practitioners of balance “are very knowledgeable, e.g., information experts, about balance.” In this post I will expand on 5 aspects of balance that you must master to be the best. Balance systems. Systems are comprised of inputs, process centers, and outputs. In […]

Part 1: The Business Case for Better Balance

Why should your facility be the best at treating balance problems? It can mean taking better care of your community. It can also mean additional referrals and revenue. Below is the business case for better balance programs. Our population of older adults is growing. By 2050 the population of older adults in the US will […]

4 Ways to Overload Balance Training

Based on principles of overloading, we know patients need to be challenged when exercising in order to make improvements. If exercises are too easy, there will be no positive training effects. Below is a list of 4 areas that can be manipulated to help overload balance exercises. Movement is arc of motion in which an […]

New Frontier in Balance Training: Upper Extremity Target Tasks

Balance is the ability to remain upright and steady in a given posture (standing, sitting, kneeling, etc.) without a significant reliance on postural strategies or arm support. Balance training has historically relied on unsteady surfaces, such as foam pads and rocker boards, to challenge balance. While these tools are effective in improving balance, they fall […]

3 Key Types of Standing Balance Exercises

By: Shane Haas, PT, MSIE, CPE   Balance is the ability to remain steady on one’s feet without a significant reliance on postural strategies or external support. Postural strategies, also called balance strategies; include ankle, hip, reaching, stepping, and knee movements that adjust and counteract for disruptions in the body’s center of mass. Reliance on […]

How Patients Say Balance Exercises are Hard (Verbal and Non-Verbal)

We know, as therapists, that we need to challenge patients with exercises to help them get better. What we don’t know is exactly what the definition of “challenge” means when it comes to exercising balance. A recent study by Farlie et. al. (2015) looked at what patients say when training balance, and how these comments […]