Imbalance & Falls
Falls can happen to anyone! Imbalance and falls are the result of losing the ability to react quickly and effectively to balance change. This can occur independently or as a result of vertigo or dizziness.
Imbalance & Falls
You may be seeking information because you have fallen or realize you have a significant balance problem. You may also realize you simply are not as strong or balanced as you used to be and want to prevent further problems. We realize that a person’s independence in the home and community are at stake and we will strive to help you achieve the highest level of function possible to allow your independence to continue.
What causes imbalance and falls?
Imbalance and falls are often associated with aging as the frequency of falling increases with aging along the the consequences of a fall. This continues to be more concerning as our population ages. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention tells us that an adult over the age of 65 falls every second, every day here in the U.S. This places a tremendous emotional, physical and financial stress on these individuals and their families. Fortunately, you can do something about this problem by taking action to address the effects of poor balance which can lead to falls.
There are a number of factors that contribute to an increased risk for falling. Muscle weakness and tightness, and joint pain in the legs or spine are just a few that we assess and treat. Often we find that as patients age, activity levels decrease and the memory of how to move and react to a balance challenge is diminished. This leads to poor righting reactions or, stated another way, poor reflexes to keep our balance.
How is imbalance treated?
We first perform a comprehensive examination of your balance and identify what is creating the sensation in the first place. There are a number of vestibular conditions that can directly contribute to poor balance that will be assessed.
Additionally, we examine muscle strength throughout the body. People often associate leg strength with balance control, however it is key to assess the body as a whole. If there is a weakness contributing to your problem, we will teach you how to strengthen this through effective exercises.
Not only is muscle strength key, but muscle length, or range of motion, is critical to allow you to move freely. We’ll show you the proper way of stretching to allow you to perform the most efficient movement patterns.
We then teach you how to incrementally increase your movement while standing still and then with walking activities. This may or may not involve using a device such as a cane or walker – it depends on what your needs are at the time we see you. Regardless, we teach you to incrementally and safely challenge yourself to help you feel more and more stable.
During this process, we will teach you how to react to balance challenges through your ankles, knees and hips. You will learn how to effectively step in all directions to maintain your balance when challenged, both when you see a challenge coming and when you least expect it.
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What Kind of Vertigo or Dizziness Do I Have?
BPPV is an intense form of vertigo, which is a disturbing sensation that your world is spinning out of control. That’s Me!
A concussion is an injury to the brain after the head has been hit or shaken causing dizziness or imbalance. That’s Me!
Cervical dizziness can be caused by various neck problems that contribute to the sensation of feeling “cloudy” and imbalance. That’s Me!
If you have a similar story and are here to learn about different vestibular conditions, you are at the right place! Click on the icons above to find out more about vestibular issues. We will help get you back to the real you – stable, secure and feeling better to live your life.