Balance Yourself is a new commonsense balance training program developed by Australian physiotherapist (Physical Therapist) Meg Lowry of Next Step Physio.
It was launched in July 2017 at the World Confederation of Physical Therapy Congress in Cape Town and enthusiastically welcomed by physiotherapists worldwide.
Balance Yourself is a strategic sequence of balance exercises that you can do at home to gradually improve your balance.
Each exercise is designed to be slightly more challenging than the last, so that you can progress your balance exercises in small achievable increments.
Balance Yourself was designed around fundamental principles of balance training that are widely accepted and regularly applied by physiotherapists. These principles are supported by the highest level of evidence*.
What makes Balance Yourself unique is the fact that a full sequence of balance progressions are all printed clearly and consistently in one guide that is easy to follow on your own.
It’s an upgrade from the typical stick figure exercise diagrams that are difficult to interpret.
Both Balance Yourself and Clock Yourself promote proactive PREhabilitation; they are tools that empower you to optimise your course of ageing and reduce your risk of falling through targeted exercise.
They don’t replace the value of a face-to-face assessment with a physiotherapist.
If you’ve fallen in the last year or you have a fear of falling, first show the Balance Yourself book to your physiotherapist for advice about its suitability for you.
You can purchase the Balance Yourself book online for $25.00 (AUD) plus postage.
You can preview some of the contents of Balance Yourself below by clicking through the pages of this virtual flip book.
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Be assured that Balance Yourself is very much an evidence-based resource.
You can explore the science that inspired its development here:
- Sherrington, C., Michaleff, Z. A., Fairhall, N., Paul, S. S., Tiedemann, A., Whitney, J., … & Lord, S. R. (2016). Exercise to prevent falls in older adults: an updated systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Sports Medicine, bjsports-2016.
- Shubert, T. E. (2011). Evidence-based exercise prescription for balance and falls prevention: a current review of the literature. Journal of geriatric physical therapy, 34(3), 100-108.