Have you had a fall recently?
If you have, it may be a good time to book in a health and fitness check with an Exercise Physiologist. They will help to assess which component of your balance system may be affected the most. This will help to identify the best exercise treatment for you specifically to get the most out of your time in the clinic.
Balance itself can be broken down into several different parts which all have an impact on your ability to reduce the risk of falling or save yourself from falling.
The first is in relation to your ability to detect where your limbs and body is within space. This is known as your proprioception and spatial awareness. This works with the sensing of your whole body as to whether your are sitting, lying, standing, or running. The body works simultaneously between the middle ear and the sensory system of your limbs to make minor corrections to keep you in your desired position. This may be effected if you haven’t used it in a long time or you may have a medical condition hindering the efficieny of this system.
The second is in relation to your strength and your bodies ability to correct yourself when falling or about to fall. If you haven’t been participating in regular physical activity this may be effected, and your risk of falling may be higher than you think.
The third is in relation to the speed your body reacts to the change in body position when falling, as well as your bodies ability to move your limbs quickly. This is known as your power system, the faster you are able to react and correct your body position the better your balance will be. This is where most people forget to train their balance and could help you reduce your risk of falls.
If you feel you have seen a reduction in any of the 3 components of balance it is best to get on top of it as quickly as possible. This is due to recent research showing statistics of (%) falling can reduce your age expectancy by 5-10years?
To ensure safety and the most appropriate exercises for you it is advised to be under supervision by an Exercise Physiologist or other allied health practitioner. This can be either in a 1 on 1 session, or as apart of our Seniors Exercise Classes at the Asquith, Galston, and Berowra clinics.
Gwen EstigoyExercise Physiologist
Alex BateExercise Physiologist
Deb EvenissExercise Physiologist
Gwen has a background working with adults and children with Arthritis and has extensive training with treating and managing various chronic pain conditions. With her extensive knowledge and hands-on experience, Gwen is a compassionate and skilled professional who seeks to make a lasting impact on the lives of those she works with. Gwen is dedicated to empowering individuals through exercise to improve their overall health and well-being. Adopting a bio-psychosocial approach, Gwen is committed to providing exercise interventions that are evidence based to achieve the best possible health outcomes.
One of Gwen’s particular areas of interest is creating inclusive and safe exercise spaces where everyone can access the benefits of exercise and movement. Gwen has experience working with vulnerable groups and individuals, including the LGBTQIA+ community and people from different cultural/religious backgrounds.
Outside the clinic, Gwen enjoys playing futsal, planning the next cook on the smoker/bbq, and exploring scenic routes on her motorbike.
Alex has worked as an exercise physiologist for nearly a decade in a number of private practices, seeing patients across a wide spectrum of physical abilities and exercise needs.After moving to Dynamic Motion, Alex spent time developing our exercise physiology services and building our seniors exercise class program.
He has previously been involved in a research team at University of Sydney which specialised in high-intensity exercise in older populations and people with chronic disease, where he ran a clinical trial examining resistance exercise in pre-diabetes and depression. His clinical background largely covers athletic strength and conditioning, particularly weight training; exercise in older individuals; and exercise for chronic conditions, particularly cardiometabolic conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
He believes you’re never too old to exercise, and that keeping a habit of strength training is crucial for healthy ageing and adding life to years, as well as years to life. He is passionate about teaching people to do this safely, in a way that suits their circumstances and preferences, while addressing any specific health issues they may have.
For recreation Alex enjoys staying active by training for powerlifting, muay thai, recreational mountain biking, and exploring the Sydney outdoors with bushwalking and scuba diving.
Deb began her health and fitness career working as a personal trainer after obtaining her Certificate III and IV in Fitness. Here she developed a keen interest in healthy aging, falls prevention and cancer and exercise. Deb then decided to further her knowledge and experience by further study and becoming an exercise physiologist.
Deb has a keen interest in helping those with cancer, neurological conditions such as MS, HD, PD and stroke and brain injury survivors. More recently she has been researching and treating fatigue conditions including Long Covid, ME/CFS, POTS and EDS. Deb strongly believes that “movement is medicine” and wants to help people enjoy all that safe and healthy movement can bring.
In her spare time Deb is heavily involved in parkrun, soccer, trail running, hiking, kayaking and raising two very busy teenagers.