I’m not as steady as I used to be!

balance and strength

Are you losing confidence walking on uneven surfaces, or feeling unsteady in the shower?

Did you know one of more older Australians living in the community aged 65 and up fall one or more times every year?

There is an increased tendency to fall with advancing age as strength is lost, normal walking gait is changed, and the body’s balance system becomes dulled and slower to respond to sudden movements. Minor injuries are most common but unfortunately there is risk of serious consequences such as hip fracture that can result in disability, loss of mobility, reduced quality of life, and fear of falling again. Loss of confidence can further reduce physical activity, community participation and the ability to live independently.

The good news is specially designed exercise can help prevent falls by improving strength, walking pattern and balance. Importantly, the exercise program needs to be regular, one to two hours a week, and sufficiently challenging within safe limits tailored to the individual. Although active people have fewer falls, simple advice to be more active or simply walking more is not shown to be an effective strategy to reduce falls.

Besides exercise, our tip is other factors that impact balance and falls may need to be addressed with vision such as cataracts and multi focal glasses, pain, some heart problems, hazards around the home, and certain medications that may cause drowsiness, dizziness and lack of awareness.

All older adults can benefit from this specific exercise, especially those with balance problems, loss of confidence, slower or unsteady walking, and reduced strength and mobility in the hips and legs.

Join our Strength and Balance class to improve your balance and confidence and have some fun at the same time. You will receive some tips on exercise to do in addition to the class, and more information to reduce trip hazards around the home.

Call us to book in on 5535 5218 or Contact Us here.

Tiedemann A, et al. Exercise and Sports Science Australia Position Statement on exercise and falls prevention in older people. J Sci Med Sport (2011), doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2011.04.001

Gold Coast Physiotherapy and Allied Health at Burleigh Heads and Broadbeach 

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Our Response to Covid-19

This page is up to date to our best knowledge, however, this is a rapidly evolving situation so we apologise for any potential delay in updating this information.

We want to reassure all our patients that we are following stringent infection control procedures in our clinic, and screen all people coming into the clinic, to exclude any patients that have any signs or symptoms consistent with Covid-19, as well as screening any patients that should be in isolation ie recently returned from overseas, or have been advised to isolate due to recent exposure with a known Covid-19 patient.

All our staff have now completed the Department of Health Covid-19 Infection Control Training.

What are we doing to minimise risk?

  • Screening patients for risk factors over the phone or through text messages before they attend appointments. Those with risk factors or symptoms are advised not to attend & to seek medical advice.
  • Hand sanitiser station at the front of the building must be used before you enter.
  • Following stringent infection control measures within the clinic. This includes
    • Disinfecting all beds, door handles, EFTPOS machine before and after each patient use.
    • Linen changed between each patient and commonly touched surfaces through the practice are cleaned regularly throughout the day.
    • Minimising the distances between clients in the waiting room- some chairs are outside undercover.
  • We have advised our team members not to come to work if they have cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • We are following all Department of Health recommendations for our type of business.

On the 30th March 2020 – the Australian government issued a statement that “People aged over 70, aged over 60 with pre-existing conditions, or Indigenous people aged over 50 should stay home wherever possible for their own protection.”

The decision to come in for physiotherapy treatment really is an individual one – if you feel that your treatment is medically necessary, and are comfortable with the risks of leaving your home and coming to physiotherapy, then rest assured that when you attend our physiotherapy clinic, we are following our strict infection control processes and doing everything we can to minimise your risk whilst in our care. However, we completely understand if you are not comfortable with coming in for treatment.

TELEHealth Consultations

We are offering telehealth consults and home visits (where suitable) for patients who cannot attend our clinic.

Read more about TELEhealth Consultations here.

Staying Healthy

  • Wash your hands often (and for 20 seconds) with soap and water
  • Cough into your elbow or use a tissue to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze
  • Social distancing practices – Avoiding close contact with others, such as touching, including shaking hands
  • Limit contact with people who are sick, and stay home if you are sick and encourage employees to stay home when sick
  • Get 7-8 hours’ sleep a night to help your immune system stay strong
Please stay safe and take care of each other!

We are monitoring the situation very closely and will make adjustments to our business as we are further informed. Our priority is the health & well being of our patients and our staff. Thanks for your understanding.

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