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 and balance are interrelated challenges. At FYZICAL Therapy & Balance Centers, we help you master these skills to decrease your risk of injury and increase 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 are in danger of falling over, that running out of steam feeling may be something more than aging muscles. The problem could be slowing reflexes, which make moving around seem more strenuous than it is. Poor posture and gait can also throw off those reflexes.
The balance and gait systems rely on a complex number of body systems including the inner ear, the eyes, the joint-muscle-nerve system and cognitive functions. Therapy that improves gait and balance works with all of these systems to keep them working together.
Gait and balance training has a range of benefits, with avoiding injuries at the top of the list. Training can lessen your chances of falling or feeling dizzy, and you’re more likely to feel confident with your footing. Aches and pains from poor posture are also likely to decrease.
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 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 and poor posture often lead to balance problems. Strength and flexibility movements can help counteract these problems. These are often as simple as leg lifts while seated in a chair. We may 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, 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
- Difficulty Walking
- Gait Training and Balance Programs
- Fall Prevention and Balance Retraining
- Manual Therapy
- Fitness and Wellness Programs
- Vestibular Rehab
- Functional Training
Ready to balance your life again?
With our dedicated team of physical therapists behind you, you’ll regain confidence navigating challenging terrain and learning how to avoid dizzy spells. You may even be able to leave that cane or walker behind!