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Physio & Therapies column: Exercises to improve your strength and balance

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that places special emphasis on balance

Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that places special emphasis on balance

Doing regular exercises to improve your strength and balance can help reduce your risk of having a fall.

This can range from simple activities such as walking and dancing to specialist training programmes. 

There is also evidence that taking part in regular Tai Chi sessions can help reduce the risk of falls. Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that places special emphasis on balance, co-ordination and movement.

Age UK in Todmorden run Tai Chi classes at the Fielden Centre on a Thursday morning from 10.30 until 11.30 and if you are referred by a health professional the first 8 classes are free of charge. For more information call Age UK on 01706 817926.

Calderdale also have a Falls Team who will come out to assess your needs and refer you on for specialist help. This is a Physiotherapy lead service and you can access it by calling the Gateway to Care team on 0845 111 1103.

You can also improve your balance with a series of simple exercises to practice at home daily. These exercises need no specialist equipment and you should notice improvements quickly. At Physio & Therapies you can book a Balance Assessment to check that there are no underlying causes for your balance problems and learn these simple exercises. To find out more please call our reception team on 01706 819464.

 

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