Balance Physical Therapists
Once you’ve fallen and hurt yourself, you may worry about it happening again. As you move throughout your day, your fear of falling again may inhibit your sense of independence.
A physical therapist can help you overcome those fears while designing balance exercises to prevent falls, making you stronger and back to being highly functional in all your movements. Physical therapy for balance is one of many services offered though Brooklyn-based TRI Physical Therapy.
Balance problems can make it difficult to stay upright while standing, walking or even sitting. As you get older, the risk of having balance problems increases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as one in four older people fall each year, in many cases, because they lose their balance. Without proper balance therapy, you can’t function as you like. Even everyday activities pose a threat of falling.
When you lose your balance, you’re at risk of having a serious injury such as head trauma or a broken bone. Whether or not you’re injured in a fall, experiencing loss of balance and having one serious fall can lead to an intense fear of falling. Your physical therapist at TRI Physical Therapy in Brooklyn is experienced in body balance physical therapy (PT). Get the help you need to return to a fully functioning life.
Physical Therapy for Balance
Physical therapists are highly trained in helping you improve multiple systems of your body, including the ability to stay upright. Balance therapy in New York City is customized to your unique needs. A physical therapist can help you with balance problems to:
- Counter the balance problems that make you feel unsteady
- Improve your mobility so that you don’t have to live in fear of falling
- Increase the strength in your legs and core to fully support your body while you move
- Reduce the risk of falling with functional exercises that show you how to correctly move through your normal daily activities
Stronger muscles and joints help you to stabilize your body to avoid falling. Using hands-on techniques such as joint manipulation, physical therapists work to strengthen the muscles around weak ankles, knees or hips, greatly improving your ability to walk, run, bend and participate in your favorite physical activities, whether that involves sports or playing with your grandkids.
Balance Tests in Physical Therapy
Physical therapists are experts in diagnosing and prescribing treatment for strength and mobility challenges. Your physical therapist first runs a number of tests to identify all possible causes of your balance problems. To diagnose balance problems, your physical therapist measures your:
- Balance capabilities
- Muscle strength
- Sensory integration
- Range of motion
- Visual tracking
- Ability to stand
- Quickly change directions
- Stop and go on command
Your confidence in your ability and performance also are evaluated. After a fall, your fear can greatly affect your confidence and limit rehab success. To that end, PT includes boosting your belief that you can and will regain full function. With all this information, your physical therapist can develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Balance Exercises in Physical Therapy
Exercise is an effective tool for improving coordination, strength and ultimately reducing the risk of falling. Your physical therapist works with you to teach you exercises and active movement techniques.
They’re easy to do, but they improve your muscle strength and balance. You work on stretching and strengthening your muscles, as well as improving visual tracking and inner ear retraining.
One type of exercise that can be useful for balance therapy training is Tai Chi. It also strengthens your leg muscles and improves your focus and confidence. This Eastern form of exercise emphasizes balance, weight shifting and coordination.
Balance Massage Therapy
Balance massage therapy is a form of physical therapy that may help improve your balance if you have joint disorders or any form of arthritis.
Balance problems are sometimes caused by sore or tightly held muscles. Massage therapy loosens tight muscles and relieves back pain and muscle spasms. Once the source of the tightness is addressed, the rest of your muscles tend to relax and perform the way they should.
Massage also increases your circulation and improves the healing speed of inflamed joints or strained muscles. Your NYC physical therapist may use a variety of massage techniques — such as cupping or trigger point massage — to help improve your balance.
Customized Physical Therapy Treatment for Balance Problems
Each individual who undergoes physical therapy for balance problems has unique challenges. Physical therapists are specially trained to diagnose problems and prescribe the form of treatment that’s most effective. For you, a specialist in balance issues at TRI Physical Therapy works with you to resolve the causes of your balance problems, using all the tools and techniques available.
Treatment with physical therapy aims to make you stronger, more confident in your mobility and focused on your posture. Balance physical therapy helps you reach your goals of better balance and increased activity levels to reduce the risk of falling. Your body is designed to move, and balance therapy ensures you move more safely.