Simple Balance Tests for Seniors…Part 2

In part 1 of this 2 part series, I posted a video where I demonstrated two standard tests. They were the Rhomberg Test and Fukuda Step Test. We use these simple tests as screens for our “senior” populations. In addition to those two tests, we also use the Functional Reach Test and the Timed Up and Go.

All four tests challenge different the components of balance; Vision, Proprioception and Vestibular Sense in both dynamic and static environments. Once we have completed these tests we are provided with enough information to do the following:

  1. Refer out. If the results of these tests fall outside the “normal” range, we obligate ourselves to seek additional information from a medical professional before we pursue anything further.

  2. Determine a corrective course of action. Depending on the results of each individual’s test, we can narrow the scope of available options that will work best to help improve test results.

  3. Establish an objective baseline. Because these tests are objective and repeatable, we can re-test quickly and easily to determine if our course of corrective action is working or not.

Once you have watched the video below, I encourage you to take the tests yourself. If you find yourself having trouble with one or more, contact us for a free consultation. We have several options that can help.