Balance is the ability to maintain the body's center of mass over its base of support. Balance is achieved and maintained by a complex set of sensory and motor (muscle/ movement) control systems that include visual input from the eyes, proprioception (touch and motion sensing), and the “inner ear” vestibular system integration to processing centers in the brain. Injury, disease, or the aging process can affect one or more of the components.
Maintaining good integration and functioning of the balance control systems is most important in the aging population. People over the age of 65 are especially susceptible to poor balance which leads to an increased risk of fall, fracture and even higher mortality rates. However, this treatment regimen is not just for those over the age of 65. In fact, a majority of the patients we serve are between the ages of 45 and 65 need balance and vestibular rehab.
Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation:
Research evidence shows that balance and balance and vestibular rehabilitation (VR) can be effective in improving symptoms and function related to many vestibular (inner ear/balance) disorders. People with vestibular disorders often experience vertigo, dizziness, visual disturbance, and/or imbalance. These are the problems that vestibular rehab helps to improve. Other problems that are secondary to vestibular disorders, can include nausea and/or vomiting, reduced ability to focus or concentrate, and fatigue.
Symptoms due to vestibular disorders often reduce one’s quality of life and impact all aspects of daily living, and can lead to emotional problems such as anxiety and depression. When prolonged, people with a vestibular disorder often gradually adopt a sedentary lifestyle in order to avoid bringing on, or worsening, dizziness and imbalance. As a result, decreased muscle strength and flexibility increased joint stiffness, and reduced stamina can occur. This can increase the person’s upright postural control and cause further limitations in the person’s mobility and quality of life. Legacy Therapy & Wellness Balance and Vestibular rehabilitation help to improve all the sources of limited movement, walking, balance and functional activity levels.
Let our Legacy Physical Therapists help you decrease your risk of falls, and improve your balance, mobility, confidence, coordination, and get you back to living a full life!