We maintain our balance because of an integration of complex systems in our body that perceive, transmit, and process information about the body’s position in relation to the ground, to space, and to what is considered normal alignment.
There are a variety of conditions that may impair balance:
- Vestibular Disorders including: labyrinthitis, neuritis, inner ear post-surgical cases, and Meniere’s disease
- Positional Vertigo or BPPV
- Neurological Disorders including: stroke, Cerebellar dysfunction, MS, and Parkinson’s disease, radiculopathy from lumbar disease
- General weakness and decreased range of motion of legs and trunk
- Lower extremity injury or surgery
- Postural Instability
- Visual Deficits
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Vertigo, or dizziness, may be associated with some of these conditions, or it may simply create a feeling of being “off-balance”, “unsteady” or “floating”.
Our treatment plan for you
Improving balance and safety is essential for those with recent falls or near-falls, or who have been experiencing progressive unsteadiness. Balance can improve – challenges to the balance system are important for developing new strategies and retraining impaired systems.
The therapist will perform a detailed evaluation to determine the treatment intervention(s) for your particular problem. Some conditions may only require 1 to 2 visits, while others will need 1 to 2 sessions weekly over an eight- to 10-week period to maximize improvement in balance and stability.
Components of the program can include:
- Vestibular Rehabilitation for adaptation and habituation exercises
- Canalith Re-positioning Techniques
- Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Re-education
- Balance Training Activities
- Gait Training
- Core and Lower Extremity Strengthening Exercises
To schedule an appointment, contact us at:
Capital Medical Center Physical Therapy
420 McPhee Rd. SW, Suite B
Olympia, WA 98502
Open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.