First step to resolving balance problems

Balance issues are common and have a variety of causes. In today’s post I want to offer a piece of the solution that can make a big difference, even though there may be other causes that are also playing a role.

Stretches to improve balance

What are some of the common causes of balance issues?

  • inner ear problems
  • vision problems
  • low blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • migraines
  • hip, knee, ankle, foot pain
  • some medications
  • leg muscles are too tight

And frequently these problems are stacked on top of each other, so one may need to unpack the problem one bit at a time. So, update your glasses, check your medications with your doctor, seek treatment for your leg pain – do what is possible for you.

Falls are no fun and can take a long time to come back from, so it is also worth taking the time to fall-proof your home.

  • Take away the throw rugs and other tripping hazards.
  • Put in the stability bars in the bathroom and wherever else you may need them.
  • Use non-slip mats in the bathroom and maybe kitchen.
  • Arrange the furniture so the walkways are straight.
  • Make sure your home is well-lit.
  • Keep a flashlight near the bed at night.
  • Use the handrails on stairs.

No matter what your balance problem, there is something you can do starting right now that can make a difference over time. You can stretch your legs. The more range of motion you have in your ankles, knees and hips, the further you can spread apart your legs, the easier it is to catch yourself to prevent falls. You need to have slack in your leg muscles to be able to recover from being pushed off balance.

If the stretches hurt, back off to the point they don’t. If you can’t find a pain-free way, the stretch is not for you. Listen to your body – it will tell you what you can handle and what you can’t.

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