Improve your Balance

Strengthen Your Glutes for Better Balance

Kathy Howell PT, OCS, CFMT has over 25 years of experience as a physical therapist and uses a combination of manual therapy, exercise prescription, movement analysis and education in body mechanics to help her patients achieve their goals.  She is an Orthopedic Certified Specialist nationally and she is a Certified Functional Manual Therapist from the Institute of Physical Art.   In this video, Kathy discusses a simple and effective way to work on your glutes, which is a key to improving your balance.  Many people assume that balance training will begin with your ankle, but really it begins with your glutes.  We need strong glute muscles to have proper knee and ankle control to have good balance.  Most specifically, we need a strong gluteus medius, which is the middle glute muscle.  This muscle is responsible for balancing our pelvis during gait and needs to contract strongly when a person attempts to stand on one leg.  Watch this video for a demonstration of how to do a simple side leg left correctly so you target your gluteus medius.  If you have questions for Kathy or would like to book an appointment with her, you can contact her directly.

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