ADL Balance Blog

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...

20:20 Clarity on Balance Intensity

20:20 Clarity on Balance Intensity

In order to get the most of balance training, the intensity of the exercise needs to be “just right.” Too much support (holding, touching, spotting...

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...

ADL Leg Press Plus is a Space Saver

ADL Leg Press Plus is a Space Saver

In my previous post "Why are Rehab Gyms so Small" I stated that many rehab facilities are cramped, but most cannot expand their gyms. Among the tip...

Why are Rehab Gyms so Small?

Why are rehab gyms so small? Regular, open-to-the-public gyms are around 20K square feet. My guess is that a typical gym in sub-acute rehab (IPR, S...

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...

Tips to Improving Hip Strategies

Tips to Improving Hip Strategies

I noted in last blog post (The Body's 4 Natural Defenses Against Falls) that hip strategies are key to recovering from medium-level balance disrupt...

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...