Once we have learnt to walk as babies, we generally take our sense of balance for granted. However, our balance relies on various senses working together – vision, touch, joint position and balance, sensors in our inner ears that monitor movement, equilibrium and spatial orientation. Messages are sent to the brain, which in turn governs how our muscles should move. Injury, disease or the ageing process can affect one or more of these systems leading to a loss of balance, which can cause fall-related injuries.
A healthy sense of balance helps you to:
- Walk without staggering
- Get up from a chair without falling
- Climb the stairs without tripping
- Bend over without falling
According to a researcher’s report, more than one-third of adults aged 65 years and over fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths amongst older adults.
How do I know if I have a balance disorder?
If your answer is “yes” to any of the following questions:
Do I feel…?
- as if the room is spinning around me?
- as if I’m moving when I know I’m sitting or standing still?
- as if I am losing my balance and about to fall?
- as if I’m falling?
- ‘light-headed’ or as if I might faint?
- as if I have blurred vision?
- disoriented, such as losing my sense of time and space?
What is AktivBalance Programme?
AktivBalance is a specially-designed program at AktivHealth which addresses the issues of falls in the elderly and treats balance-related abnormalities. We have a team of well-trained physiotherapists who, with their evidence-based approach, not only help in early diagnosis, management and rehabilitation to prevent falls but also contribute towards your body’s overall well-being.
At AktivHealth, we follow a three-stage approach in our treatment plan for balance loss and fall prevention.
- Comprehensive Assessment