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Five minutes to better balance

As people grow older they are at a greater risk of falling. A fall can have an enormous impact on a person’s quality of life including loss of confidence, loss of muscle strength, a decline in the ability to carry out normal activities of daily living with a greater reliance on aged care services. We have developed a simple exercise challenge you can complete in 5 minutes to help your balance and reduce your risk of falls – take a look!

An older man has fallen over while his partner rushes to help

How to reduce the risk of falls

30% of people over the age of 65 will fall at least once a year. These falls can lead to fractured hips, shoulders, and wrists, even an extended stay in hospital and a rehabilitation period. And in the worst cases can be life-threatening. While falls are common, they are not a normal part of ageing. If you are 40 years or older read on for 8 tips to reduce your risk of falling.

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Balance – the sixth sense

Balance is the even distribution of your body weight, enabling you to remain upright and steady. Often, we don’t appreciate our balance until it deteriorates. Maintaining balance is an important strategy to sustaining your independence as you age. The good news is you can improve and rehabilitate your balance and proprioception. Read on for tips on improving balance, as well as some useful balance exercises, so you can move better. live better.

How to achieve a great posture

Ever wonder what is at the heart of good posture, and how you get it? Poor posture can lead to muscle pain and fatigue, stress on your ligaments and joints, and can lead to arthritis. Good posture is reinforced by strong core stability, while stretching is an important practice that supports good posture. Read more to find out how you can avoid adverse positions, and some simple steps you can take to improve your posture. 

Recovering from an ankle injury? Treatment should include strengthening the muscles around the ankle and affected leg

Recovering from an ankle injury: weeks 2-6 This is the second part of our ankle blogs discussing  how to progress your rehabilitation beyond the first two weeks following an ankle injury, in particular an ankle sprain to the lateral ligaments. Weeks 3-6 following an ankle injury should involve: Strengthening the muscles around the ankle and…