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Balance Training is a Choice

Balance Training is a Choice

There are a wide variety of ways to challenge balance, including different stances (feet together, tandem, single leg, etc.), surfaces (foam, hip s...

Haas’s 5 Laws of Balance Training

Haas’s 5 Laws of Balance Training

1st law: Standing balance begins when the hands let go. If patient unable to stand without hand support, do not introduce balance challenges. Inste...

Want Better Balance? Look in the Mirror

Want Better Balance? Look in the Mirror

Patient’s “favor” one leg following injuries and surgeries (hip fractures, joint replacements, CVAs, etc.). Favoring is usually due to pain, weakne...

Lower the Bar for Better Balance

Lower the Bar for Better Balance

I've discussed in previous posts (Tips to Improve Hip Strategies, The Body's 4 Natural Defenses to Fight Falls, & 5 Ways to Make Balance Rehab ...

Unable to Stand Without Help? The ADL Balance Trainer Can Help.

Unable to Stand Without Help? The ADL Balance Trainer Can Help.

Weakness, unsteadiness, and fear are common reasons why patients struggle to stand without help. These patients are usually working to overcome eff...

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...

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 ...

5 Tips for Learning to Stand Again Using the ADL Balance Trainer

5 Tips for Learning to Stand Again Using the ADL Balance Trainer

As the inventor and avid user of the ADL Balance Trainer, I will spend the next couple of blog posts on treatment tips with the Trainer. While it w...