Maintaining balance and mobility is essential to aging successfully. In addition to making it possible to perform basic activities of daily living, such as rising from a chair, climbing a flight of stairs, getting in and out of a car, good balance forms the foundation on which a healthy and active lifestyle is built. Debra J. Rose PhD, author of 'FallProof! A Comprehensive Balance and Mobility Training Program’ developed at the Center for Successful Aging California State University at Fullerton for health and fitness professionals states that impairments in any of the multiple systems that contribute to postural stability not only limits the extent and type of physical activities we pursue as we grow older but also may result in falls, leading to further restriction in activity and profound psychological consequences. There is strong association between impaired balance and mobility and greater risk of falling that suggests the need for activity-based programs that specifically and systematically focus on improving the multiple dimensions of the balance system, particularly among older adults. The FallProof program is based on sound, theoretical research, and has been field tested extensively by many physical activity instructors and rehabilitation specialists working with older adults across a broad continuum of functional abilities. Fitness & Function has two specialists certified as FallProof Balance and Mobility Specialist Instructors and who embrace this unique multidimensional program to treat balance and mobility disorders with great success for their clients. We provide progressive exercise for center of gravity control, multi sensory training, pastoral strategy training, gait pattern enhancement and variation, strength and endurance training and flexibility training. A typical FallProof training program is a 12-week period with training twice a week. Most clients continue with a wellness maintenance personal training program to reduce the risk of losing function due to physical inactivity.
Our health and fitness professionals have a variety of specialized training in balance and mobility programs such as:
Stepping On Falls Prevention Workshop Leader
Advanced Vestibular Training
Taking Balance to the Limits
Stay Well At Home
Tai Chi Movement for Better Balance
We work close with our clients' health care providers and follow their recommendations to deliver successful therapeutic exercise sessions.