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Balance is an integral part of daily life and one that most people take for granted. However, there are a number of conditions that may impair the sense of balance and contribute to dizziness, vertigo, or even unexpected falls. According to the CDC, it’s estimated that one out of four people over the age of 65 will fall during the next year.
Vestibular disorders are common but can sometimes be tricky to diagnose. Some signs and symptoms that you might be experiencing a vestibular disorder might include:
Here are some vestibular disorders (both inner ear and central nervous system disorders) which can cause the above symptoms that might benefit from vestibular rehabilitation:
Our vestibular physical therapists can perform a comprehensive evaluation to help you pinpoint the underlying causes of your dizziness, vertigo and/or balance disorder. They use state-of-the-art equipment for the assessment and treatment of balance, including goggles with infrared technology and sensory organization testing. Many of our therapists also have specialty certifications in vestibular rehabilitation, assuring that you are getting the best care.
Your therapist may also determine that you could benefit from therapy with the innovative SMART Balance Master®. This interactive technology allows your therapist to control the surface where you stand, as well as your visual environment, during therapy sessions to systematically evaluate and address each component of your balance control. They can then adjust your exercises as your balance and capabilities improve. Learn more about the SMART Balance Master® on our rehab technology page.
At Sheltering Arms, our therapy treatments combined with a regular exercise program at our fitness centers can improve your strength, balance, and mobility to help reduce the risk of a future fall and further injury.