ADL Balance Blog

WARNING: Keep Balance Trainer Away From Walls

WARNING: Keep Balance Trainer Away From Walls

To get the most out of the ADL Balance Trainer, keep it away from walls. Walls keep therapists out of the Trainer and limit their ability to spot a...

Tips to Improve Stepping Strategies

Tips to Improve Stepping Strategies

In the previous post The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls, I noted that patients may lack the coordination and/or leg strength needed to st...

The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls

The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls

Standing balance is one's ability to remain upright and steady. Steadiness is maintaining the body's center of pressure (COP) well within the base ...

5 Steps for Learning to Stand Without Hand Support

5 Steps for Learning to Stand Without Hand Support

A lot of patients in post-acute rehab cannot stand without holding onto something - walkers, tables, grab bars, THERAPISTS, etc. Many of these pati...

5 Areas/Equipment to Improve Balance Following a Stroke

5 Areas/Equipment to Improve Balance Following a Stroke

In this post I will attempt to blend 2 of my favorite areas of Rehab - helping patients recover from strokes (CVAs) and developing equipment/exerci...

7 Areas the ADL Balance Trainer Helps with Cognitive Rehab

7 Areas the ADL Balance Trainer Helps with Cognitive Rehab

The main goal of the ADL Balance Trainer is to improve balance through functional movements, namely reaching. To this end, it was important that re...

2 Tips to Improve Dynamic Balance with the ADL Balance Trainer

2 Tips to Improve Dynamic Balance with the ADL Balance Trainer

Dynamic balance is the ability to keep steady while standing and moving about. In contrast to static balance (feet stay in one spot), dynamic balan...

3 Ways to Improve Sitting Balance with ADL Balance Trainer

3 Ways to Improve Sitting Balance with ADL Balance Trainer

In Inpatient Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facilities it is common to have patients that are unable to sit independently. For these patients, learning ...

2 Basic Balance Needs for Patients in IPR & SNF

2 Basic Balance Needs for Patients in IPR & SNF

The primary goal for patients in In-Patient Rehab (IPR) and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) is to discharge home. For this to occur in a safe and ...

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...

Balancing Balance Exercises

Balance exercises challenge one’s ability to remain “steady.” Steady being defined as no significant reliance on knee, hip, or stepping strategies; and no use of external support (touching with hand) to maintain balance. Basic examples of balance exercises include standing with heels together or shifting weight side to side. We know that exercises must challenge […]