Do you notice that you misunderstand speech in noisy restaurants and workplaces? Do you think that “everyone mumbles”? In many cases, the real trouble is an underlying hearing loss.
Hearing loss is a problem no one can physically touch or feel, happens slowly overtime, can cause a loss of understanding, and can leave you at an increased risk for developing other health issues like Dementia.
The Risks of Hearing Loss:
Untreated hearing loss can lead to social isolation, depression, and cognitive decline
For every 10 decibels of hearing loss, there is a significant increase in your risk of falling
Untreated hearing loss leads to 5% brain atrophy and a 30% increase risk of Dementia as well as other degenerative brain health issues
You are not alone:
About 20% of Americans have hearing loss. That’s 48 million people!
At the age of 65, 1 in 3 people have hearing loss or problems understanding audible speech
On average, people will wait 7 years before addressing their hearing problem
Roughly 28.8 million Americans could benefit from the use of a hearing and brain enhancement device
The FYZICAL® difference:
FYZICAL’s focus on balance and hearing enhances brain health! Our program promotes brain enhancement with unique hearing amplification, and we have highly trained Doctors of Audiology to provide you with state-of-the-art treatments to help you with your hearing problem.
5 Benefits of Adding Balance Therapy to Your Fitness Routine
Balance is an element of fitness that combines with strength, cardio, and flexibility to create a complete picture of overall health. Whether you are holding a yoga pose, looking to improve your agility, or increase strength, balance training improves performance in every aspect of life.
Any form of exercise challenges the muscles and the nervous to increase communication to these areas. With balance therapy, the nervous system communicates with muscles to increase in strength and take on more tasks, ultimately increasing muscle strength. As your nervous system becomes more efficient, it is more skilled at recruiting more muscular power to increase strength and maximize capabilities in everyday functions. Many of the muscles used retraining your vestibular system are unique to your typical training programs, and will really provide you with a challenge.
Joint stability is the ability to control and maintain the joint movement or position. This is achieved when related muscle groups and tissues surrounding the joints coordinate with the neuromuscular system to achieve smooth, controlled movements. Increased stability reduces the amount of stress to knees, ankles, hips, and shoulders whether you are recovering from an injury or looking to avoid further damage.
Coordination refers to your body’s ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently. Balance therapy increases your body’s control over movement by nurturing a healthy mind and body connection. Many athletes suffering from a vestibular deficiency aren’t even aware of it. Sometimes the brain is physically incapable of communicating to the arms, legs or body to move in a particular direction at a particular time, and advanced balance retraining can repair this challenge.
Often related to reaction time, agility refers to your body’s ability to change positions immediately to catch or brace yourself before a fall occurs. Improving agility increases your body’s ability to make quick movements and change direction suddenly. This helps those at risk to fall gracefully to avoid injury or prevent falls all together. Balance therapy could be the difference between a couple hundredths of a second that may be the difference between making strides towards an elite level.
Also known as proprioception, body awareness gives your nervous system a sense of how your body and limbs are oriented in space. With increased awareness, your body moves more seamlessly. Mobility, speed, and equilibrium are optimized greatly with balance training.
Each of these 5 benefits combine to create increased self-awareness, improved balance and overall decreased risk of falls. Taking steps to improve balance enhances overall health and plays an important role in performing activities at a high level.
Orlando, FL – March 17, 2014 – FYZICAL's physical therapists will conduct a balance and falls awareness event at The Wayne Densch YMCA 3rd Annual Community Health Fair March 25, 2014 starting at 10 am.
"Falling is a common and potentially serious problem for people over the age of 65", said Dr. Idler Bonhomme. "Factors that may contribute to an impaired sense of balance include poor posture, disease, and inadequate strength, flexibility, and endurance."
Physical therapists will educate the public about the importance of balance in preventing falls. Activities will include tests for postural alignment, functional reach, standing balance, and the ability to go from sitting to standing to walking.
"Many older adults who experience balance and mobility conditions begin to feel like the world is full of obstacles," says Dr. Bonhomme.
"As a result, they avoid going out and getting around to the degree they would like. It then becomes a quality-of-life issue, which may be improved with appropriate intervention. Many types of therapeutic exercises can limit the effects of osteoporosis, arthritis, and swollen joints that can lead to balance problems and falls."