Balance training with a spinal cord injury

By 28 January, 2020 Health

A spinal cord injury is a type of disorder of the spinal cord which may cause loss of feeling and mobility and therefore, it may affect balance. About how to improve balance in people with any kind of spinal cord injury is what we would like to focus on this post.

Balance improvement with training

Loss of balance is one of the consequences for patients with a spinal cord injury. Biomechanical issues may be improved with different treatments. Physiotherapy can help you improve your balance!

This is one of the key points in any kind of spinal cord injury when the injury severity has been previously assessed or, for example, how the patient’s muscles have been affected.

Trunk muscles are very important for regaining balance since they influence posture maintenance and therefore, balance.

As exercise is executed and training and muscle tone is improved, it is possible to learn and to keep a healthy posture.

Training methods

Hippotherapy (animal-assisted therapy) and more precisely echinotherapy is one of the treatments used to improve balance.

If you have any kind of spinal cord injury, you may consider this activity since this treatment uses the beneficial effects that can be transferred to a person when riding a horse such as body transmission from the horse to the person, rhythmic impulses and three-dimensional movement.

For this activity to be carried out, several experts are needed such as physiotherapists and therapy trainers.

It is very important to design an appropriate and customized intervention programme for each patient to apply the most adequate therapy to each case.  A remarkable success of certain therapies has been proven and the consequent balance improvement parameters have been recorded.

What will you achieve?

If parameters and therefore balance improve in a patient with a spinal cord injury, it will have a positive influence in any daily life activity. It will allow patients to perform better at a functional level, for example, when using a wheelchair. It will also help them to even perform more complex tasks by avoiding imbalances which could not be performed by them in the past.

We would like to encourage you to find out more information about this and to choose the right option for you to improve balance with any kind of spinal cord injury. Results are waiting for you!

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