Hip, Knee & Leg EBook - US

Step 5: Lasting Results With Balance (cont.)

How to improve your balance 1.Work on your whole balance. While holding onto a steady surface, try to balance on one leg at a time. Tighten your abdominal muscles while you do this and don’t let your hip / pelvis sink down.

2.Perform calf raises while holding onto a steady surface. Try this also with your eyes closed to provide extra feedback to your legs.

3.Walk! This simple action makes you use your muscles and nerves, improving your balance. Walk for 20-30 minutes each day and wear proper supportive footwear, such as a good pair of new sneakers.

4.Perform core exercises such as modified planks.

How physical therapy helps your balance A physical therapist can pinpoint your exact problem through the examination of your flexibility, strength and coordination. You are put through specific movement patterns that show where your balance is challenged. With this knowledge, a comprehensive plan is designed to restore your balance to a natural condition, so you can return to pain free walking and running.

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