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All Strength and Balance Classes are held at our Burleigh Heads Physio Clinic

Our strength and balance classes offer a safe and enjoyable form of exercise specifically designed to prevent falls. They involve small group classes of 6-8 people and are run by an accredited exercise physiologist. The small class format allows us to design programs tailored to the individual with close supervision for effectiveness.

The class duration is 50 minutes and is run in a circuit style. The components include body weight, resistance and balance specific exercises; all of which can be modified to your individualised requirements.

Benefits of our Strength and Balance Classes Include:

  • Building strength in the legs and hips to prevent falling
  • Building strength and to get up and down off the floor
  • Improving your walking pattern to prevent tripping
  • Increasing strength in the trunk and arms to help with moving around and doing task at home and outside.

In addition to the benefits of exercise, our exercise physiologist can assist in identifying other factors that may impact your balance and falls risk. These include vision such as cataracts and multifocal glasses, pain, some heart problems, hazards around the home and certain medications that may cause drowsiness, dizziness and lack of awareness.

Research has shown the exercise program needs to be:

  • Regular 1-2hrs per week
  • The balance challenges must be sufficiently difficult and gradually increasing in difficulty to maintain improvement.

The Process for Joining Strength and Balance Classes

  • Book to attend a 1 on 1 session with our exercise physiologist for an initial assessment. This will provide a baseline measure to monitor your improvement. We will inform you if you need to see your GP before joining the class.
  • You may also be covered for all or part of your assessment cost by DVA or under Medicare through an Enhanced primary Care plan (EPC). You would need to see your GP for these referrals prior to your assessment. (When you come to the assessment, bring your medications list and your EPC or DVA referral if you have one.)
  • After successfully completing the above steps you are ready to join our class.

Class Times

We hold two 40 minute strength and balance classes a week as seen below.

  • Monday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm
  • Wednesday: 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Please contact us for further information (also below) or to book.

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 our specially designed Strength and Balance exercise classes can help prevent falls by:

  • Building strength in the legs and hips to prevent falling and help with getting up and down.
  • Improving your walking pattern that keeps you upright and prevents tripping.
  • Provides increasing challenges your natural balance system to keep it fine tuned
  • Increasing strength in the trunk and arms to help with moving around and doing tasks at home and outside.

Importantly, research has shown the exercise program needs to be:

  • Regular – one to two hours a week.
  • The balance challenges must be sufficiently difficult and gradually increasing in difficulty to maintain improvement.

With our small group class format, we can design programs within safe limits tailored to the individual, plus you receive close supervision for safety and effectiveness.

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.  However, we do recommend walking if it is safe for you, plus Tai Chi classes can help, if these are done in addition to specially designed strength and balance classes.

In addition to the benefits of exercise, our tip for you is that other factors that impact balance and falls may need to be addressed. These include vision such as cataracts and multifocal glasses, pain, some heart problems, hazards around the home, and certain medications that may cause drowsiness, dizziness and lack of awareness.

Who can benefit from Strength & balance classes?

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.

Conditions Strength and Balance Classes can help with

  • Back pain
  • Lack of confidence with walking outside
  • Poor balance
  • Gait problems
  • Poor strength in upper and lower limbs

What to Expect

  • 50 minute classes run like a circuit class with 5-7 participants (modified for now due to COVID)

What to Bring

H2O, comfortable clothing and enclosed shoes. If you are diabetic, we ask that you know your blood sugar level before coming to class and bring your monitor.
you have private health insurance or a DVA gold card you may be able to claim a rebate from your health care provider for Group Exercise Physiology. Please check with your insurer.
have HICAPS onsite for immediate claiming.

Our Strength and Balance Classes Gurus

Kelly Delang

Exercise Physiologist

This service is available at the following locations

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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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