Creating steady seniors with weekly falls and balance class
Classes aimed to help people stay steady on their feet have been well received by patients.
The Friendlies Physiotherapy & Allied Health Falls Prevention & Exercise Program is currently running six classes a week.
Head Physiotherapist Matt Churchill said it was great to see so many people get behind the program.
“So many health professionals and patients had spoken to us about a need for classes like these,” Matt said.
“As people age, the ongoing effects of having a fall become worse, so it is really important that patients do what they can to stay steady on their feet.”
The classes are run by both a physiotherapist and personal trainer and focus on fun as well as modifiable exercises, suited to any age and ability.
“We have patients from 60 all the way up to 90, so we make sure that each of them is getting the best out of the program,” Matt said.
The exercises centre on strength, balance and co-ordination, which can help bring patients a sense of safety.
Classes are $15 and are claimable on Private Health Extras and are run 9am to 10am and 10am to 11am on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Bookings are required.
“All participants need to have a screening with a physiotherapist first, and after that we recommend 10 classes to perfect the exercises, then you can keep going with the program at home or with us,” Matt said.