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FIT BALANCE

Balance is vital to be able to perform normal everyday life activities. However, as we age, we start to lose our ability to balance due to muscle atrophy and decreased coordination, which puts us at increased risk for falls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one out of every three adults 65 or older falls each year, this can result in hip fractures, spinal cord issues and brain injuries. Beyond that, lack of confidence after a fall can be just as debilitating, causing a downward spiral of inactivity. Like so much in life, improved balance involves practice. Muscular strengthening and balance retraining can reduce falls and injuries. The goal of the fall prevention program is to reduce fear of falling and increased activity levels to help individuals stay living independently or return to independent living after a fall. It is important to know falling is never normal at any age!

 

Who would benefit?

  • Anyone who feels unsteady

  • Anyone who has a fear of falling

  • Anyone who has fallen in the past year

 

You will learn to:

  • Perform exercise to improve strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, and confidence

  • Modify environment to reduce fall risk

  • View falls and fear of falling as controllable

  • Prevent injury if a fall is inevitable

 

If you do not have medical insurance, please ask us about our Fall Prevention clinics.  

FIT VESTIBULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY

THE VESTIBULAR SYSTEM:

The vestibular system refers to part of the inner ear that contributes to balance. There are several small organs that help your body maintain equilibrium and tell where your body is in the space around you.  ​

Signs and Symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder:

  • Loss of balance

  • Double vision

  • Dysequilibrium

  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)

  • Disorientation

  • Motion sensitivity

  • Dizziness/Vertigo

Disorders we treat:

  • Vertigo/BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo)

  • Unilateral Vestibular Loss​

  • Bilateral Vestibular Loss​

  • Meniere’s disease

  • Neuronitis

  • Labyrinthitis

VESTIBULAR PHYSICAL THERAPY:

Physical therapy aims to  help decrease these symptoms and improve balance through careful examination of the vestibular system. Our goal is to help restore equilibrium through various hands on techniques and exercise as well as develop healthy lifestyle habits and for patients to be as independent as possible.

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