How can exercise help with Fall Prevention?
Falls are the most common cause of injury among older adults in BC. According to the Government of British Columbia, one in three older adults (age 65+) will experience at least one fall each year. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and hospitalizations for BC seniors (BC Injury and Rehabilitation Unit). For seniors, 95% of hip fractures are caused by falls (BC Centre for Hip Health and Mobility). Falls can often be prevented, but many factors contribute to falls that occur in the home – these may include a lack of balance, dizziness, and weakness (BC Government).
Individually tailored exercise programs are proven to reduce falls and fall-related injuries.
—International Osteoporosis Foundation
How can you prevent falls?
Increases insulin sensitivity (both short and long term)
Lowers blood sugar levels
Reduces body fat
Helps manage weight
Improves cardiovascular function
Improves energy levels
What will the exercise program include?
Mobility exercises and stretching
Muscle strengthening exercises
Warmup and cool down
How can you get started?
If you have fallen in the past or feel you are at risk to fall in the future, starting an exercise prevention program can be overwhelming. Gyms or large group classes can often be intimidating environments. Our goal is to help educate you on how specific types of exercise can help prevent falls in a supportive environment. Physiotherapists and Kinesiologists are equipped with the knowledge to help people with medical conditions exercise safely.
Our team will:
Teach you how to exercise in a private, studio environment
Keep you accountable to stick to your program
Improve your balance, mobility, and strength to keep you active
Come into our clinic for a free 30-minute consultation, and learn more about how exercise can help prevent falls and how you can get started!
1-on-1 Guided Exercise to Manage:
High blood pressure
Exercise is proven to be an effective method to help with the management of many age, or lifestyle-related conditions. Beginning to exercise for the first time, learning to exercise safely or having the knowledge to manage an illness with exercise can be intimidating. At Westcoast SCI Physiotherapy, our goal is to introduce people to exercise in a supportive environment and help teach individuals with the conditions listed above how to use exercise to manage symptoms and improve overall health.
Interested but don’t want to commit?
Free 30 Minute Consultation with a Kinesiologist
During your free 30-minute consult, our kinesiology team will meet with you, and provide you with educational resources on why and what type of exercise is important in the management of your condition. The goal is to help you learn how exercise can be beneficial, and the steps to get you started.
Discounts are available for those who qualify for Medical Services Plan (MSP) Supplementary Benefits
MSP Supplementary Benefits is financial assistance for families who have filed their taxes and have an adjusted net income of $42,000 or less. Contact us for more information.
For more information on MSP Supplementary Benefits, click here.
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