Why is exercise important?
Research has consistently demonstrated a link between consistent exercise and quality of life, especially in those over the age of 65. A recent research study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society in 2015, reviewed the extensive research findings up to this date as part of a systematic review, and ultimately concluded that 'falls and their associated costs, can be reduced by better integrating research on exercise intervention into clinical practice and Community programmes.'
How Habitable can help?
Following an initial online consultation with a qualified Physiotherapist, we will identify any issues such as any ongoing health conditions, pain, balance, weakness or joint immobility which may be limiting your mobility and function, or increasing your risk of falls.
Following your initial consultation we can provide you with a tailored programme of rehabilitation and exercises to support you in managing and addressing these risks where we feel this will be beneficial. We may recommend and advise you about appropriate mobility aids and ensure you are using these correctly, together will general advice regarding other appropriate exercise and home environment changes.
You will receive a tailored programme of exercises with video demonstrations and instructions on how to complete, which can be reviewed on an ongoing basis in our follow up appointments.
Here at Habitable Limited, we only recommend interventions which have good research evidence to support their effectiveness, and therefore we encourage and promote exercise and rehabilitation based on the Otago home exercise programme to support with falls prevention.
Otago home exercise programme
In a systematic review of all the available research evidence of the Otago strength and balance retraining programme, it was concluded that the Otago programme significantly reduces the risk of falls, and deaths from falls. Click here if you would like to read the article. The Otago strength and balance retraining programme has been shown to reduce falls by over a third in a series of clinical trials, and as a result this programme is utilised by many falls prevention programmes throughout the world.
The Otago programme was designed specifically to prevent falls. It consists of a set of leg muscle strengthening and balance retraining exercises which progress in difficulty over time.
The exercises take about 30 minutes to complete, and participants are expected to exercise three times a week and go for a walk at least twice a week.
We can work with you in follow up appointments over time to guide you through the programme, monitor your progress and adapt and tailor the programme specifically for you in order to help you reach your goals. For more information on how we can help you, feel free to contact us via the form below.