Balance & Vestibular Program

Balance & Vestibular ProgramBalance is an integral part of daily life, and one that most people take for granted. There are a number of conditions, however, that may impair the sense of balance and contribute to dizziness or falls. In fact, it is estimated that one out of four people over the age of 65 will fall during the next year.

If you have any of the following symptoms, physical therapy may help:

  • Balance problems with or without falls
  • Staggering while walking, especially with head turns or quick body turns
  • Dizziness or vertigo, especially with quick movements
  • Dizziness or vertigo when you lie down, roll over in bed, bend over, or look up
  • Trouble focusing or tracking objects with your eyes
  • Words or objects seem to jump, float or blur, especially when you are moving

At Sheltering Arms, our physical therapists can perform a comprehensive evaluation to help you pinpoint the underlying causes of your dizziness and/or balance disorder. They use state-of-the-art equipment for assessment and treatment of balance, including goggles with infrared technology and dynamic posturography testing. Many of our therapists also have specialty certification in vestibular rehabilitation.

Your therapist may 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. Your therapist can then make adjustments to your exercises as your balance and capabilities improve.

The physicians at Sheltering Arms also specialize in treating patients with conditions that lead to balance problems and instability. A regular exercise program is helpful as well. Memberships to the Sheltering Arms fitness centers and warm water therapeutic pool are open to everyone in the community and are a wonderful way to improve strength and flexibility to help reduce the risk of a fall.

Call 804-764-1000 to schedule an assessment or tour of one of our centers.