“HELPING patients to achieve balance in their lives”
At the Balance Institute, our patients all have one thing in common – they feel dizzy or unsteady. Everyday tasks such as getting dressed, going to work or school, shopping, or even just standing up, have become increasingly difficult for them. Falls among older adults are largely preventable.
From professional athletes to those who have suffered a stroke or head injury, we are equipped to evaluate any person with balance impairment. Research has shown that as many as 89% of those who seek treatment at a clinic such as ours will benefit in overcoming their symptoms, once a diagnosis is reached. Loss of balance and mobility are not inevitable as we grow older.
Falls are typically not a result of a single factor. More often, they are the result of a combination of several problems. The ability to maintain your balance is a complex process. It depends on three main components: 1. your sensory system which includes your eyes, ears, and muscles and joints, including your sensation 2. your brain’s ability to process this information and, 3. your motor ability required as output to correct your body’s position in order to maintain your equilibrium.
Balance Retraining involves a thorough history of the patients symptoms and past medical history, a musculoskeletal examination including strength, range of motion, flexibility, neuromuscular assessment including reflexes, sensation and proprioception, evaluation of eye and head movements, various balance and vestibular tests statically and dynamically. A customized plan of care including a home exercise program will be developed upon the first visit.
If you have any questions, please contact us today!