Are you concerned about your balance?
Have you noticed yourself getting stiff and less mobile?
Have you noticed yourself having difficulty getting out of a chair or turning over?
Do you find yourself avoiding certain activities because you feel unsafe or think you might fall?
As we age, our stability starts to drop and with it, our ability to perform activities with the same level of dexterity that we had previously.
From the age of 55 it can drop off markedly, particularly if we are not doing much exercise, are overweight, or are taking two or more medications.
In the past, we have lacked a quick, efficient and accurate way of measuring your balance, and therefore you wouldn't be referred for balance exercises, until you stop moving because you feel unsafe, or because you start falling.
We now have the ability to measure and analyse your balance quickly, accurately and non invasively.
We use a tool called computerised posturography which is both a clinical research and rehabilitation tool for balance. It consists of a sensitive pressure plate, on which you stand, and measures the amount and direction in which you move under controlled conditions.
Since 2009 we have analysed hundreds of postural signatures from patients with chronic back pain, balance problems and movement disorders. In fact, one of the common signs of chronic lower back pain is that it starts to affect your stability which in turn leads to more back pain, so you end up in a vicious cycle.
The causes of deteriorating balance are numerous, and it simply isn't possible to put together a good rehabilitation program without knowing:
how stable you are, where the problem lies, and how your postural system behaves when stressed.