There are some chronic diseases that lead to increased falls risk, such as:
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis,
- Orthostatic hypotension
- Stroke or heart conditions.
In addition to these, any condition that alters how you would see or feel your surroundings. Injury to the nerves such neuropathy or spinal cord injuries can impact on your ability to feel and balance when walking or standing.
Guidelines suggest that MOST people are able to start a moderate intensity exercise program without medical screening and a clearance. Balance exercises would usually fall in the low to moderate intensity category. People with the following conditions should seek clearance from doctor; KNOWN cardiac (eg. Heart attack or stroke history), pulmonary (eg. Emphysema) or metabolic disease (eg. Diabetes).
If you’ve noticed you have trouble keeping your balance, or perhaps someone you know is not as stable as they used to be, contact us today to take part in our falls prevention program. This is a full balance assessment and exercise prescription to help you improve your falls risk and increase your confidence whilst out and about. Call one of our friendly clinics on 07 3800 3417 to get started with our exercise physiologist and decrease your falls risk today!