- ask the patient to stand with feet together and
once they feel comfortable, close their eyes.
- if they cannot balance well with eyes open, do not
have them close their eyes.
- stand close to the patient and be ready to support
them should they fall to either side.
2. Postural stability (retropulsion
or forced pull back test)
- with eyes open, ask the patient to stand with feet
comfortably apart, stand behind close to the patient
and explain that you will deliver a quick pull back.
- ask the patient to maintain their stability and
try not to move backwards.
- be prepared to catch the patient under the arms
should they fall backwards.
- patients with extrapyramidal disorders (e.g. Parkinsons
disease) often show retropulsion and may take several
steps backwards and be unable to maintain their stability.