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Falls prevention

Preventing falls: postural stability and a steady gait

Falls are rarely attributable to one single cause; in most cases, several factors interact. Falls prevention programmes seek to address the main contributing factors that lead to a fall: afterall, the aim here is not to fall in the first place. 

"If you don’t fall, you don’t break anything”

Sturzprophylaxe und Sturzpraevention

This is where training with the LIV treatment system comes into its own as it helps to build strength in the lower leg muscles, improve coordination and balance to help people be steadier on their feet.

Falls are dangerous for anyone but particularly for the elderly and people who have osteoporosis: for them a fall will cause one or more fractures. Elderly people fall more frequently, the number of falls increases with age and women fall more often than men. Older people tend to fall to the side, which can lead to the dreaded hip fracture that can lead to them being bed-ridden. Most fractures in older people are the result of a fall: it is, therefore, crucial to do falls prevention exercises to limit the likelihood of this happening.

Active muscles, the basis for falls prevention

One training system cannot achieve everything; nevertheless, the LIV treatment system is the ideal starting point for training good flexibility, coordination, strength and speed of reaction. Since the treatment platform has a sprung structure and yields by the millimetre, balance is trained as a result of weight » displacement during training.

The calf muscles work hard with LIV training: this is key as these muscles are important for steady posture and a stable gait. The strength to stand and walk is provided in the calf muscles: here, too, the stability of the body is decided. The body’s ability to react quickly is also key to falls prevention. Quick reactions decline with old age so anything that can be done to restore quick reflexes will also help. In the event of a potential fall or threatened imbalance, the body reacts with a coordinated reflex resulting from the interaction of the brain and muscles. This reflex is involuntary – you can’t think about it or control it, it just happens as the brain sends message quickly to the muscles. But if reactions are slow or the muscles are weak, the reflex won’t be successful in preventing a fall. The LIV treatment system helps sharpen reflexes and strengthen the leg muscles, thus supporting falls prevention.

 

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