Balance & Mobility Solutions
- Are you having difficulty getting around?
- Is it difficult to get up out of a chair, or in/out of a car?
- Do you feel like your sense of Balance is off?
- Do you find you are tripping more frequently or experiencing near falls?
- Do you easily get tired after a short amount of walking?
- Are you afraid of falling?
Walking and balance issues can arise from orthopedic problems, neurological conditions or just generalized deconditioning. As we age, our reflexes slow down making it difficult to adapt to walking on uneven ground or react to sudden movements around us. Many people do not realize that they have a balance issue until it’s too late and they have a fall. Our therapists realize how important it is to stay independent and safe.
Our one-on-one, customized programs are good for:
- Balance or proprioception issues
- Postural issues
- General Weakness or instability
- Other orthopedic and neurological conditions (Vestibular, Parkinson’s, Post-polio, MS)
Depending on your condition, we can use our warm-water, therapeutic pool to perform exercises for stability and walking. Many people are surprised when they enter the pool and find they can do a lot of the things that they aren’t able to do on land. Those who need to work on balance, strength and endurance to restore their ability to walk safely again, do very well in the pool. Flexibility, strength, core stability, postural awareness, and balance can all be improved with our aquatic falls prevention program. The goal of this pool program is to eventually progress to land-based exercises. Once you feel strong enough and the pool exercises get easier, it is time to try the exercises on land. We continuously look at your progress to find the right combination for you.
If Aquatic therapy is not for you, we have a land-based option as well. On land, we are naturally challenged by gravity and many land exercises will be more challenging than if they were performed in the pool.
You and your therapist will discuss what challenges or difficulties you experience outside of therapy and then together you will work to overcome those challenges through a variety of strengthening exercises, balance challenges, gait training and customized obstacle courses. Some examples of difficulties that we can work on in therapy include walking up/down ramps, stepping over curbs, turning around in the kitchen, walking without holding onto the shopping cart etc.