Research shows group and home-based exercise programmes containing balance and strength exercises can effectively reduce your chance of falling.
Falls Prevention Program
As you get older you have a greater risk of falling.
Exercise is really important for reducing the risk of falls. Lack of exercise leads to poor muscle tone, decreased strength and loss of bone mass – all of these factors can contribute to falls and the severity of injury after a fall.
Participating in balance and strength-building exercises can help prevent future falls. The M3 Steady programme is a fun, weekly, and social exercise class for older people. It helps to build strength and improve balance in a social environment.
Prior to joining our Group class Our M3 Physiotherapists will assess you one-on-one to look at your risk of falling based on your health and medical histroty, then they’ll help to develop an activity programme just for you. This will include exercises to strengthen your legs and improve your balance.
A strength and balance class designed for people over 65 years to prevent falls and maintain muscle. Includes chair based and standing exercises. Each class includes a seated warm up, and a combination of seated and standing exercises done in a circuit. The exercises are all low-impact and are suitable for those who do not feel confident with their balance. This class is great for anyone wanting to feel stronger and more balanced while doing their daily activities.
Who is this for? – 65+ years. Caters for beginners. If you want to feel steadier on your feet, and maintain bone and muscle strength as you age, then this class if for you!
Why is falls prevention
- 1 in 3 people over 65 fall every year.
- This ratio increases to 1 in 2, for people over 85.
- Approximately 4000 Kiwis fall and break a hip annually.
- Falls are the most common cause of injury in older people.
- The physical impacts of a fall can be very serious (hip fractures, head injuries, hospitalisation, early admission to residential care, and in some cases, mortality)
- The psychological impacts of a fall can also be very serious (loss of confidence, fear and anxiety, PTSD, restriction of physical and social activities, increased frailty, psychological distress, isolation and depression).