It is well known that the elderly are at a higher risk of falling in their homes and the community than younger people. Having a fall can be a very traumatic experience resulting in fractures, head injuries and significant soft tissue injuries. In an elderly population, these types of injuries can be the catalyst to a downward spiral causing the individual to lose mobility, function and independence.

Research has confirmed many times that a supervised, functional, strength and balance programme decreases older peoples risk of falling.

Not only this but a simple, regular exercise programme has added benefits such as:
– Increased bone density
– Increased muscle strength
– Decreased joint pain
– Improved ease of activities of daily living
– Decreased physical disability
– Improved balance

And all the other usual benefits of exercise:
– Reduces cardiovascular disease
– Increases metabolism
– Improves blood sugar control and insulin resistance
– Improves hormone regulation
– Improves mental functioning
– Reduces stress
– Better quality of life and general health
– Improves mood
– Reduces risk of cancer, hypertension, obesity, depression, osteoporosis and premature death

Here at Back to Health Physiotherapy in Newport, your physical health and wellbeing is important to us. Come and see us today for any pain, or for help and aid in strengthening areas of your body prone to pain.

Reference: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/wellness-and-prevention/fall-prevention-exercises

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