Balance Control of Elderly Adults Essay

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As we age and move further into our elderly years, everyday motor skills that were able to do most of our lives without giving much thought such as good balance and mobility, become physical barriers for us to overcome each day. Most of everyone wants to be as independent as possible; therefore, in order to ensure this happens, good balance and mobility are very important factors. Complications with either of these motor skills will result in physical dependence and/or fall injuries. Good balance and mobility play an even bigger role for us outdoors due to the uneven ground surfaces, lighting conditions, and obstacles that may be on the ground. In this article, the researchers believe that declining balance and mobility can be improved…show more content…
As we age and move further into our elderly years, everyday motor skills that were able to do most of our lives without giving much thought such as good balance and mobility, become physical barriers for us to overcome each day. Most of everyone wants to be as independent as possible; therefore, in order to ensure this happens, good balance and mobility are very important factors. Complications with either of these motor skills will result in physical dependence and/or fall injuries. Good balance and mobility play an even bigger role for us outdoors due to the uneven ground surfaces, lighting conditions, and obstacles that may be on the ground. In this article, the researchers believe that declining balance and mobility can be improved if the central nervous system (CNS) is trained to use different techniques to compensate for the impairments. Two exercise regimens have been tested and have shown improvements in range of motion (ROM), strength and endurance, and some balance control of elderly adults. One of the tests performed was a constraint induced movement therapy (CIMT) and the other was a locomotor treadmill training, both of which were uninteresting and time consuming. Over time these tests will cause the patient to find it hard to stay motivated and will want to discontinue the therapy sessions. Therefore, rehabilitation programs have found ways to try and retain patients’ interest in the therapeutic process by attempting to make them fun. For example, two
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