Balance & Fall Prevention Huntington Beach, CA

Balance & Fall Prevention

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.

You don’t have to be a senior to have balance issues. After a surgery, injury or prolonged time of inactivity, your balance at any age can suffer.

Improving your walking skills — technically known as your “gait” — and your balance are interrelated challenges. Physical therapy helps you master these skills to decrease your risk of injury, while at the same time increasing your confidence, independence, and function -at any age.

What are the benefits of balance and gait training?

Balance and gait are inextricably linked because they tend to impact one another. As you age or after a surgery or injury at any age, your body can make compensations that may or may not be healthy movement patterns. Even if you don’t think you’re in danger of falling over, that “running out of steam” while walking could be attributed to aging or injured muscles or even something else. The problem might actually be slowing reflexes or reduced strength, which make moving around seem more strenuous than it is. Poor posture can also be a major contributor to reduced balance reactions.

In fact, the balance and gait systems both rely to some extent on a complex number of body systems that include the inner ear, the eyes, the joint-muscle-nerve system, and of course cognitive functions. Therapy that improves gait and balance works with all of these systems to keep them functioning in harmony.

Gait and balance training has a range of benefits, with avoiding injuries being at the top of the list. Beyond lessening your chances of falling or reinjuring yourself, you are also more likely to feel more confident with your footing.

What does balance and gait training entail?

First, we will evaluate your balance and gait to determine potential problems with strength and posture. Movements to test balance are also part of the assessment. Together, these evaluations point us in the direction of what to focus on in therapy.

We often use aquatic physical therapy to start a balance program, this provides the perfect bridge to our land balance training. After all, you don’t have to worry about falling in the water!

Ready to “balance” your life again?

With our dedicated team of physical therapists behind you, you’ll regain confidence in navigating challenging terrain and returning to the activities you love!

Contact Us today at Huntington Beach, CA Center for a consultation so you can regain your independence as soon as possible.

 

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