Falls have the potential to diminish an individual’s ability to live life in an active and independent manner. Physical therapy for balance aids in preventing these potentially harmful occurrences. According to statistics, approximately one third of all people that are at least 65 years old will experience a fall each year.
If you choose physical therapy for balance, or also known as balance therapy, the therapist will help you with the activities required to improve your mobility and reduce your fall risk. They will assess your overall risk of experiencing a fall, provide you with information on the medical issues that may occur as a result of falls, provide you with tips and strategies to ensure that your home is as safe as possible, and will work to design a customized plan of special exercises and balance training that will improve your coordination, optimize your range of motion, and strengthen the body.
Additionally, physical therapists may elect to work with other medical professionals and organizations that provide certain services in your community to improve your balance and reduce fall risk. By starting a physical therapy balance program today, all of your tomorrows will be much more safe!
Common Causes of Falls
There are a multitude of reasons why you may experience a fall. When you elect to work with a physical therapist for balance, to overcome your risk of experiencing a fall, the professional will work to try to uncover why you are at risk. The following outlines the most common causes:
- Age has a lot to do with fall risk. It has been determined that individuals over the age of 80 are at a very high risk of experiencing a fall.
- If there is any type of muscle weakness in the legs, a fall may occur.
- Complications associated with walking and general balance problems may cause you to fall.
- Vision problems may detrimentally impact your ability to stay upright. Examples include macular degeneration and cataracts.
- Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other medical problems that result in confusion could result in falls.
- Multiple medications may cause a fall.
- Low blood pressure and low blood sugar levels could cause a fall.
- Hazards and/or obstructions such as pets and rugs may cause you to fall.
Physical Therapy for Balance: Balance Training
Balance training is a special type of program offered by physical therapists that focuses on fall prevention, muscle strengthening, retraining exercises that improve balance, vestibular adaptation, gait retraining, and even training that will help you learn safety measures that will aid in the prevention of falls.
If you are considered to be a fall risk or have suffered through previous falls, physical therapy for balance may be right for you.
The physical therapists at Back to Motion Physical Therapy are trained to help you regain strength and optimize your balance. A fall could result in many injuries and illnesses. By signing up for balance training today, you are ensuring your safety and health for the rest of your tomorrows!