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44 | Losing Balance? Challenging Your Balance Systems

The Optimal Body

Health & Fitness

Think balance exercises are only for the elderly? Join Dr. Jen and Dr. Dom as they explain how balance is important for everyone and why.  Listen in to hear some balance tests, targeting three main systems of balance, to see if you can pass. How was it? Struggling? Find out how you can strengthen these skills and create a more sustainable future for your body.


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What You Will Learn in this PT Pearl:


02:04 – Why balance is so important


04:08 – Why it is important to try and understand different balance tests


06:04 – The three systems of balance


08:09 – How to address problems with vestibular system - Doc Jen’s personal story with BPPV


13:13 – System number three explained


14:18 – The goal behind these tests - Understanding how these systems work within your body


16:04 – How to practically explore what system you rely on the most


19:48 – How a soft tissue injury can come into play for balance training


20:41 – Strategies PTs use to target hip muscles, avoid falling injuries, and uncover what you’re relying on


23:20 – Why a variety of exercises are needed, not just strength training, in your weekly routine


24:21 – How to challenge the vestibular system


25:00 – How to integrate all of these tests - How they have the potential of decreasing your pain


To Watch the PT Pearl on YouTube, click here: https://youtu.be/vYJp9ZcQ4Eo


Items mentioned in this episode include:


Balance System Tests: https://www.pthaven.com/page/show/1149588


Research Citations:


Gordon, L. (2017, February 01). Understanding the 3 Balance Systems. From https://www.gordonphysicaltherapy.com/understanding-the-3-balance-systems/


The Human Balance System. (2020, September 02). From https://vestibular.org/article/what-is-vestibular/the-human-balance-system/the-human-balance-system/


Full show notes available at https://docjenfit.com/podcast/episode44/


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