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Do you test balance in your older patients? What about your patients in their 40s? As I’ve discussed in the 8-hour E-Seminar “Older & Bolder: Chiropractic Care for Healthy Aging” (check it out here if you haven’t yet), this new paper suggests that a simple 10-second one-legged balance test could help predict survival in middle-aged and older patients!

As we age, there is typically a decline in physical fitness parameters such as decreased strength, flexibility and balance. Older adults are therefore more prone to falls and other serious adverse medical complications. 

Interestingly, unlike strength, aerobic fitness, and flexibility, balance is reasonably preserved until the sixth decade of life, after which it starts to diminish quickly. Although important, balance assessments are not routinely incorporated in the clinical examination of individuals in a general medical environment, and often not in a chiropractic office either! It’s about time we all collectively changed that!

Having a simple, inexpensive, and reliable balance assessment could be beneficial for health professionals treating older adults, including chiropractors. The aim of this study was to assess whether a 10-second one legged stance (10-s OLS) was independently associated with all-cause mortality in middle and older aged men and women. 

THIS WEEK'S RESEARCH REVIEW: “10-Second One-Legged Stance Performance Predicts Survival in Middle-Aged & Older Individuals”

This paper was published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine  (2022) and this Review is posted in Recent Reviews, Geriatrics, Clinical Testing & Procedures and the 2022 Archive.


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