ADL Balance Blog

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...

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Started with ADL Balance Trainer

3 Factors to Balance When Prescribing Balance Exercises

Prescribing exercises to improve balance can itself be a balancing act. Push too hard and your patient loses their balance too often and can feel insecure and discouraged with exercise. On the other hand, if you don’t push hard enough, your patient will not make significant improvements in steadiness and balance. Below are 3 points […]

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 […]