The Importance of Balance in Physiotherapy & Daily life
Balance is an essential aspect of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. A person’s ability to balance is critical for performing everyday activities, such as walking, standing, and climbing stairs. It’s also essential for preventing falls, which can lead to serious injury and decreased mobility.
Balance is a complex system that involves coordination, posture, and muscle control. It requires the integration of various sensory inputs, such as vision, proprioception (awareness of one’s body position), and vestibular function (balance mechanism in the inner ear). When there is an issue with any of these components, balance can be compromised.
In physiotherapy, a balance test is an essential aspect of assessment for a variety of conditions, including neurological conditions (such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease), musculoskeletal injuries (such as knee or ankle sprains), and balance disorders. Below is a study by Springer 2007 to show a standardised test with normative values
- Standing in barefeet
- Lift one leg so its parallel to the other ankle
- Cross your arms
- Focus on one spot and close your eyes
- Time for how long you can stand for without; opening your eyes, other leg touching the floor or shuffling
Balance is a crucial aspect of physiotherapy and rehabilitation. By working with a physiotherapist, you can improve your balance, reduce your risk of falls and injury, and increase your ability to perform everyday activities. Whether you are recovering from an injury or managing a chronic condition, incorporating balance exercises into your physiotherapy routine can help you reach your goals and improve your overall quality of life.