The next prescription a patient receives from their GP may take them a little further than the chemist. In a move to combat a series of national health scares, the NHS is offering preventive measures to tackle a raft of health problems such as obesity, heart disease and falls-related injuries. BalanceMaster is set to play a pivotal role in this challenge.

According to national statistics, someone over 65 dies every 5 hours as a result of a fall and 40% of these in residential care homes. In the wake of the alarming obesity statistics issued by the National Audit Office, along with the news that England has one of the
highest rates of heart disease in Europe, and that falls and fall-related injuries are costing the NHS over £1billion a year, the Department of Health has launched the first national guidelines for exercise referral schemes in an attempt to target rising inactivity levels in the UK.

Under the standards, GPs and registered nurses are able to prescribe NHS workouts to a range of patients, including those
who suffer from coronary heart disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. Workouts are also prescribed as part of rehabilitation programmes, particularly for older people, following falls and accidents.

Exercise Referral Systems: a National Quality Assurance Framework outlines the skills and standards required to run schemes. Implementation of the guidelines is improving the effectiveness of existing exercise referral systems and encouraging the development of others. The National Service Framework for Older People requires GPs to do everything they can to help reduce the risk of falls in patients.

It is here that BalanceMaster™ will play a pivotal role by providing sites with a system of exercise that is gentle, non-antagonistic and quickly beneficial for those referred by doctors for exercise.

Older people regularly using the machine in clinical trials have found it presents no barrier to them exercising and that it quickly raises their levels of confidence during use.

Such non-intimidating forms of activity in gyms present a major opportunity for clubs and centre’s to offer programmes of regular activity to a new sector of the public that has never before used fitness facilities.

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