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Maggie DeRango

Physician Liaison

Friday, Semptember 20, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Balance Strategies - 8

Balance Strategies- There are three to maintain our balance.  These strategies are: ankle strategy, hip strategy, and stepping strategy.

Our center point of gravity occurs around our belly button region. The body at rest is the balance point. When we move, our center of gravity changes. When we walk, our center of gravity moves side to side, up and down, and forward. When you lean over a counter, the center of gravity shifts forward.

  1. Ankle Strategy: In standing, our ankles and muscles in our ankles work to keep us balanced. Ankle joints are designed to move in all directions, so ankle strategy is effective to keep our body up right as our weight shifts in different directions.
  2. Hip Strategy: When our ankle strategy is unable to keep us upright, our hip strategy comes to compensate. The swaying of your hips help move our center of gravity around to keep it over our base of support. An example would be a tight rope walker. 
  3. Stepping Strategy: When our ankles and hips cannot compensate (normally because the protrusion is too large), we take a step. This strategy is a “last resort” strategy. If this is your primary balance strategy, then your balance may need to be worked on. 

All three of these strategies need to be used effectively in the correct sequence  as a part of a fall prevention program.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Vestibular System - 9

This system is located in your inner ear (peripheral vestibular system) and tells the brain where your head is in space.  It is comprised of 3 semi-circular canals and 2 otolith organs (Utricle and Saccule). It is one of 3 sensory systems your brain uses to help you balance.  It is the system most used when in motion.

The vestibular system is a main contributor of physical balance. The system senses motion when small hairs, called cilia, are moved by microscopic calcium crystals. When we sit, stand, move, or experience motions (such as in a car) the crystals move the hairs. That and other information from the eyes and your sense of touch is relayed to the vestibular system in the brain, which uses it to interpret motion, equilibrium, and orientation in space.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Shuttle Balance System - 5

The Shuttle Balance simulates a slip through motion in all horizontal planes and perturbates in both standing and seated positions for therapeutic and sport-specific treatments (fall prevention, whiplash, contact sports). The Shuttle Balance is used extensively in Vestibular, Balance, Vision, and Proprioceptive training programs. Not just for athletes, this model can also assist in providing Seniors the confidence to avoid falls.
Dynamic Platform - Develops necessary proprioception in the elderly to the stabilizers in the elite athlete. Simulates a slip through motion in all horizontal planes.
Adjustable Suspension Chains - Adjustable Balance Platform height, degree of stability and tilt sensitivity.

Safely Train Balance - Convenient bars provide security and increased confidence during all phases of training.

Patients are challenged across all ability levels by adjusting platform height, stability, and degree of tilt, asking them to push themselves to perform while keeping them feeling safe and secure.

Fall Prevention Facts:

 1. One in three older adults (65+) fall each year.

2. Every 14 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall.

3. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.

4. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries in older adults.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

BPPV - 3

BPPV stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  It is the most common form of vertigo/dizziness.  BPPV is a benign condition that is treated quite frequently with very good success by physical therapy.  

BPPV occurs when otoconia (calcium carbonate crystals), get dislodged in the inner ear from where they are supposed to be and fall into the semi-circular canals (most often posterior canal) and cannot get out.  They cause dizziness that feels like “the room is spinning.”  This occurs in short bouts with changing of head/body position. Getting out of or into bed, rolling over in bed, looking up, or bending forward are common “problem" motions. An intermittent pattern is common and BPPV may be present for a few weeks, then stop, then come back again. 

Here at Fyzical, we have a state-of-the-art infrared goggle system that allows us to observe the exact nystagmus, which guides us in the proper repositioning. In turn, this will abolish the patient’s symptoms. 

Although BPPV is the most common form of vertigo and is treated successfully in PT, it is often also associated with an underlying vestibular hypofunction. Vestibular training may be needed to help the patient compensate for the vestibular hypofuction.  

Those with osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency, history of cold sores, history of migraines may be more susceptible to getting BPPV.

All therapists at FYZICAL Niles & Riverwoods receive advanced training in treating vestibular disorders. We have great success in helping to identify the patient’s deficits, understanding the reason behind the deficits and to allow them to return to the activities they love.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Vestibular Hypofuction - 0

Vestibular hypofunction is a peripheral disorder where the nerve or labyrinth in the inner ear gets damaged or inflamed, causing a decrease in its ability to detect motion adequately. This often causes dizziness and imbalance.  This can also cause a decrease in the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR), where activation of the vestibular system causes eye movement, which inhibits the eyes from being able to stay stable on an object when the head is moving.  

This can affect the patient’s driving, and their ability to walk straight while talking and turning their head to look at something. Other symptoms may include: dizziness when in a big box store or other areas with increased stimulus. This ”weakness” can be caused by a lot of things, but traditionally, it is caused by a virus.  This is something that is treated successfully in PT with vestibular training. FYZICAL® Niles and Riverwoods will treat vestibular disorders and quickly return patients to their prior function to help them “Love their life.”


Friday, September 13, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Balance Training - 7

FYZICAL® therapists take a whole-body approach to consider whether issues with the spine, hip, knee or feet contribute to imbalances, and they provide intensive one-on-one care to help you achieve the greatest independence possible.

Our balance programs focus on strength, endurance, motion, gait training and coordination for safe walking and preventing falls. If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, FYZICAL® therapists will match you with the appropriate device and provide training for safety.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Gait Training - 6

Gait training is a type of physical therapy that can improve your ability to walk and stand. Gait training can help increase independence, even if the patient still needs an assistave device to walk. 

Gait training can:

  • Improve your balance and posture
  • Strengthen your muscle and joints
  • Develop your muscle memory
  • Increase and build your endurance
  • Decrease fall risk
  • Retrain your legs 

Patients who qualify for gait training:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Broken pelvis or legs
  • Neurological disorders or strokes
  • Musculoskeletal disorders or Muscular Dystrophy

Wednesday, Septemper 11, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Safety Overhead System (SOS) - 1

If you have ever gone to physical therapy for balance issues or dizziness complaints, you have probably been through the typical stepping over hurdles, standing on foam with your eyes closed, or kicking over cones. Did you know that the world of balance involves so many more complex exercises that can be used to ensure optimum success and improvement? It is often not used due to fear of both the patient and of the physical therapist being at risk of falling. To eliminate that fear, Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers have installed a Safety Overhead Support System or SOS. 

This system utilizes a harness and rails in which you are fully strapped into a harness and attached to the rails via a full body weight supporting rope. This makes it impossible for you to fall and hit the ground. It also eliminates the patient’s fear of falling. In turn, it allows the physical therapist to challenge the patient as much as needed to challenge the patient in a safe environment for them both. No longer will the fear of falling hold the patient back while they are in therapy; this will allow them to reach their full potential. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Word and Number of the Day:

Fall Prevention - 2

 There are many other causes for fall-related injuries, and many are due to balance problems. Prevention is the key to a successful, healthy lifestyle. The primary way of preventing balance problems is by moving. Staying active and moving helps prevent the majority of issues that lie with balance. In addition to exercise, this includes moving while at rest as well. If you are reading a book, tilt your head in one direction for page 1 and another for page 2, etc. When the body is stationary, the brain gets used to not moving, leading to balance issues.

Here are some balance facts:

  • 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year
  • In patients over 75, imbalance is the #1 reason for a doctor visit
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions
  • Falls are the #1 cause of fractures
  • Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions 
  • Dizziness- Dizziness is a common symptom affecting about 30% of people over the age of 65.
  • Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
  • In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.
  • Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.
  • Many cases of dizziness are actually neurological.


Monday, September 9, 2019 

Word and Number of the Day:

Love Your Life - 4

We know that living from a state of wholeness does not always mean that life is easy. Instead it reflects your commitment to growth and expansion, that in those challenges you have the tools to connect inwards despite the outward storm.  To understand the process of growth, to take inspired action from a space of love and gratitude, all whilst supported by a community of amazing people to move back into their own unique space of wholeness. 

FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers strive to help individuals lead a life with less pain and improved function. Our goal is for everyone to “Love Your Life.”