Community Physical Therapy
Community Physical Therapy

Balance & Vertigo

COMMUNITY PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapists (PTs) and occupational therapists (OTs) are essential in treating balance issues and vertigo. Here’s how they approach these conditions:

  • Vestibular Rehabilitation: PTs and OTs specialize in vestibular rehabilitation, which focuses on exercises and techniques to improve balance and reduce symptoms of vertigo. These exercises typically include gaze stabilization exercises, balance training, habituation exercises, and canalith repositioning maneuvers like the Epley maneuver for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
  • Gait Training: PTs work on improving walking patterns and stability through gait training exercises. They may also use assistive devices like canes or walkers to enhance safety during walking and prevent falls.
  • Strength and Conditioning: Strengthening exercises targeting muscles involved in balance and coordination, such as the core, legs, and ankles, can help improve overall stability and reduce the risk of falls.
  • Proprioceptive Training: Proprioception refers to the body’s awareness of its position in space. PTs use exercises that challenge proprioception, such as balance boards or foam pads, to improve balance and coordination.
  • Home Safety Assessment: PTs may conduct home assessments to identify potential fall hazards and recommend modifications or assistive devices to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls.

COMMUNITY PHYSICAL THERAPY

Occupational Therapy:

  • Environmental Modifications: OTs assess the individual’s home and work environments to identify potential hazards and make modifications to improve safety and reduce the risk of falls. This may include installing grab bars, handrails, or non-slip surfaces.
  • Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training: OTs help individuals improve their ability to perform daily activities safely and independently, such as dressing, bathing, and cooking. They may teach adaptive techniques or provide assistive devices to make these activities more accessible and reduce the risk of falls.
  • Visual Perception Training: OTs work on improving visual perception and processing skills, which are essential for maintaining balance and orientation in space. This may involve improving visual tracking, depth perception, and spatial awareness.
  • Energy Conservation Techniques: OTs teach individuals how to conserve energy during daily activities to reduce fatigue and overall endurance, indirectly improving balance and reducing the risk of falls.
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Strategies: OTs may incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques such as relaxation exercises, mindfulness, and stress management to help individuals cope with the anxiety and fear often associated with balance issues and vertigo.

CPT therapists collaborate to develop individualized treatment plans that address each patient’s needs and goals. Combining exercises, environmental modifications, and functional training, they help individuals improve their balance, reduce symptoms of vertigo, and enhance their overall quality of life.

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At our facility, we have a team of physical therapists who are experienced in providing care for any injury, pain or discomfort you may have. Whether you are dealing with a chronic condition or recovering from an injury, our therapists will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your goals. We offer a wide range of services, including therapeutic exercises, manual therapy and electrical stimulation. We also provide education on self-care and injury prevention. Our goal is to help you live a pain-free life and regain your independence.

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