Suffering a fall can have a massive impact on your life, or the life of a loved one. Most falls result in only minor injuries. However more serious consequences can occur. Falls don’t just affect the physical. Falls also affect the mental state of mind. After someone has fallen, it can result in a prolonged fear of falling, lack of confidence and possibly a reduced quality of life.
A fall is determined as “unexpected event in which the participant comes to a rest on the ground, floor or lower level”, they are not random events and may be predicted by assessing a number of risk factors. There are both modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors associated with falling. A Physio and/or Exercise Physiologist are both capable of helping determine the possible falls risk of an individual.
What Should I do?
- If you are new to exercise or have a major health condition, you should first consult your doctor. For a small number of people there may be a medical reason for their falls that can require investigation.
- Consult a Physiotherapist or Exercise Physiologist! At our clinic, the Physiotherapist/ Exercise Physiologist will assess you prior to designing your exercise program. Assessment will include measurement of balance, muscle strength and mobility and will use outcome measures that can be reassessed at various intervals, to check your progress.
- Exercises can be performed at home or in a group (although a combination of both is most effective). Ask about Falls Prevention Classes. They are small, closely supervised classes that aim to lower your falls risk and as a bonus, they are lots of fun!
Class times: Thursday, 1pm-1.30pm
Fee: $24 per session