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Physiotherapy 'can help elderly maintain balance'

Elderly people have been told there are certain physiotherapy exercises they can do to reduce the chance of them injuring themselves in falls or trips.

It is important older people maintain their balance to preventing them falling and simple exercises are an effective method of doing this, said spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Sammy Margo.

She explained balance will improve if the elderly practise standing on one leg for short periods of time and can be further enhanced by regular walking and specific exercises such as tai chi or dancing.

Ms Margo was commenting after a new study published in Cochrane Library analysed 9,917 patients to produce a list of exercises that can improve a person's balance.

The study found that as well as dance and tai chi, strength exercises and activities involving vibrating platforms were effective.

Lead author Professor Tracy Howe stated people should perform the exercises three times a week for a period of three months to see the best results.

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