Fall Prevention and Balance Therapy
Bad falls are a constant worry for seniors and others who have physical challenges. And those worries aren’t unfounded. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and serious health problems in the U.S.
Improving your walking skills — technically known as your “gait” — and your balance are interrelated challenges. At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers we help you master these skills to decrease your risk of injury, while at the same time increasing your confidence and independence.
What are the benefits of balance and gait training?
Balance and gait are inextricably linked because they tend to impact one another. Even if you don’t think you’re in danger of falling over, that “running out of steam” while walking that you’re attributing to aging muscles could be something else. The problem might actually be slowing reflexes, which make moving around seem more strenuous than it is. By the same token, poor posture and gait can throw off those reflexes.
In fact, the balance and gait systems both rely to some extent on a complex number of body systems that include the inner ear, the eyes, the joint-muscle-nerve system, and of course cognitive functions. Therapy that improves gait and balance works with all of these systems to keep them functioning in harmony.
Gait and balance training has a range of benefits, with avoiding injuries being at the top of the list. Beyond lessening your chances of falling or feeling dizzy, you’re also more likely to feel confident with your footing. In addition, those aches and pains from poor posture are likely to decrease as well.
What does balance and gait training entail?
First, we’ll evaluate your gait to determine potential problems with strength and posture. Simple movements to test balance are also part of the assessment. Together, these basic evaluations point us in the direction of what to focus on in terms of therapy.
Hip and ankle weakness often leads to balance problems, as does poor posture. Strength and flexibility movements can help counteract these problems. These are often as simple as leg lifts while seated in a chair, or “knee marching.” We may also practice standing on one leg, walking heel-to-toe, or tracking the movement of your thumb with your eyes as you move it in various positions.
At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, our therapists realize how important balance and walking is for independent living, as well as for work activities, exercise, sports and enjoying life in general.
That’s why we provide a range of programs and therapies to evaluate and treat balance disorders:
Assessment and Evaluation Programs
Gait Training and Balance Programs
Fall Prevention and Balance Retraining
Fitness and Wellness Programs
Ready to “balance” your life again?
With our dedicated team of physical therapists behind you, you’ll regain confidence in navigating challenging terrain and learning how to avoid dizzy spells. You may even be able to leave that cane or walker behind!
Dizziness and imbalance
Our clinicians are highly trained in the evaluation and treatment of balance disorders. We are continually investing in the latest technologies in order to better determine the cause of the imbalance which allows us to provide the fastest, most effective road to recovery. Our OVERHEAD SUPPORT SYSTEMS maximize SAFETY throughout your care. If you are experiencing dizziness or have fear of falling that causes you to be less active, let us help you.
Studies show that balance, flexibility, and strength training improve mobility and reduce the risk of falling and many older adults don’t exercise regularly. The National Council on Aging says older adults fear falling and, as a result, often self-limit activities and social engagements. Resulting limitations can result in further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness. Download and take the Fall Risk Self Assessment Quiz or call us to schedule a free Fall Risk Screen.
No fall physical therapy system
Our OVERHEAD SUPPORT SYSTEM benefits and helps improve overall function for patients who experience dizziness, vertigo, and imbalance. Patients who benefit from this system:
Post Knee Surgery
Closed Head Injury
FALL PREVENTION EDUCATION SEMINARS
FYZICAL® Germantown also offers fun and educational seminars in your social environment. We don’t conduct dull seminars and all seminars are free for groups of 25 or more. We want to serve our community!
Sometimes they are tried and true topics such as “Who Wants Instant Pain Relief?” “Fall Prevention for Seniors” or “Injury Prevention for Senior Athletes”. Other times we offer special topics. We can offer Functional Capacity Evaluations, Injury Screenings, Biomechanical Gait Analysis and Ergonomic Evaluation Events at your clubhouse, community center, event, store, club, organization, gym or church. We’ll even come to your bridge club. In fact, we will tailor our Seminars to the organizer’s preferences.
For more information and to book a Seminar, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.