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Does balance training work?

two older women exercisingYes, according to this article which describes the effectiveness of a 2 year balance training program to prevent fall induced injuries in women at risk for falls.

This is one of the first randomized control trials to show a decrease in injuries from falls with an intensive exercise program. The participants also had a better perception of their overall physical health than the control group.

Exercise and Falls Prevention in Champlain

Fortunately there are exercise and fall prevention programs available in our region. For Ottawa residents, take a look at the Better Strength, Better Balance program with sessions starting in September.

Information on other exercise and falls prevention classes in the region is available on Champlainhealthline.ca.

Finally, your patients may be interested in these fun falls prevention videos from Ottawa Public Health.

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