Principles of Balance Training for the Senior Population

by Evan Osar, D.C. |   Date Released : 16 Jul 2014
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Evan Osar, D.C.

About the author: Evan Osar, D.C.

Dr. Evan Osar is the developer of the Integrative Movement Specialist™ certification designed specifically to aid the fitness professional establish themselves as an invaluable part of their client’s health care team. In addition to his chiropractic degree, Dr. Osar has earned national certifications through the American Council on Exercise (ACE), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and The Soma Institute – National School for Clinical Massage Therapy.

He is the founder of Fitness Education Seminars, DBA: The Institute for Integrative Health and Fitness Education, an education company with the mission of helping trainers and therapist recognize their role as a part of the solution to the health care crisis. An internationally renowned speaker, Dr. Osar presents for several national and international organizations including American Council on Exercise, Club Industry, SCW ECA 360, IDEA, NSCA, Perform Better, Medical Fitness Association, Asia Fit, FILEX, AECC, British Chiropractic Association and Norwegian Chiropractic Association.

He specializes in bringing advanced training and rehabilitation strategies to the fitness and bodywork professional that works with the pre and post-rehabilitation and general population client. Additionally, he has developed over a dozen resources including courses, manuals, and DVD’s to support the educational needs of the next generation of health care professional. His mission is to help fitness professionals think bigger about their role in the lives of their clients.

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Osar, D.C., Evan | 29 Jul 2014, 16:28 PM

Hi Diallo,
Thank you for reading the article and for the feedback. Glad it was helpful for you and your clients.
Take care and keep up the great work.

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Taylor, D | 29 Jul 2014, 15:43 PM

I have applied and seen results from the strategies found in this article and I find them to be essential in improving my clients balance and coordination so much we run up the number of integrated exercises to choose from in their program progression!!

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Osar, D.C., Evan | 19 Jul 2014, 11:34 AM

This article will also help tie in breathing and activation of the deep myofasical system. This is the same strategy we use with our baby boomer and senior clients in our facility.
http://www.ptonthenet.com/articles/the-functional-role-of-fascia-in-posture-and-movement-part-1-3871

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Osar, D.C., Evan | 19 Jul 2014, 11:31 AM

Hi Mindy,
Thank you for your question.
Three-dimensional breathing refers to using the entire thorax to assist in breathing and hence stabilization of the thoracopelvic canister. This includes top to bottom, side to side, and front to back expansion of the rib cage during the respiratory cycle. Abdominal breathing alone will not utilize the diaphragm and respiratory muscles in their role of trunk and spine stabilization.
Here is one link that will help you coordinate three-dimensional breathing with core activation.
http://www.ptonthenet.com/articles/assessing-the-fundamentals-the-thoracic-connection-part-2-3302
Take care.

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Landsman, Mindy | 16 Jul 2014, 22:48 PM

I'd like to have an explanation of 3 dimensional breathing. Although the author includes breathing as one of the most important factors to work on, I don't see any info on what it is and how to teach it progressively. Thank you. I think that you mean belly breathing, as done in yoga, but I'm not sure.

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