Loss of balance can be frightening and dangerous. Several factors contribute to balance problems, and advancing age exacerbates all of them. Considering that the percentage of Americans aged 65 or older is growing, there will be more folks susceptible to poor balance and dangerous falls.
At Momentum Physical Therapy, our physical therapists see the negative effects of poor balance every day. It doesn’t only affect your ability to stay upright. It also hurts your self-confidence, limits your activities, and may even force you to isolate, which can lead to depression.
But you don’t have to live life off kilter. We offer aquatic therapy, an evidence-based treatment that can restore your balance and quality of life. Here’s how.
When your balance is on point, you’re able to keep your body’s center mass stable. Several bodily functions work together to make this possible. They involve the ability to:
If something interferes with the way your body perceives the world around you, it affects your balance.
For example, it may seem like the room is spinning, walls are in motion, or that you’re floating rather than standing stable on your feet. When you’re off balance, your body becomes confused and unable to correctly respond to stimuli.
To maintain good balance, you need three main systems to work together flawlessly: your eyes, your ears, and your musculoskeletal system.
Your brain processes input from these three systems and coordinates your posture and movements accordingly, creating balance and stability.
Anything that disrupts this process, such as vision changes, inner ear malfunctions, nerve damage, or muscle damage can cause balance disorders, including:
These are just a few of the conditions that can lead to balance problems. Healthy eyes, ears, muscles, and nerves tell your brain which way your head is turned, how fast an object is moving in your direction, whether pressure is on the ball or heel of your foot, and whether the tall tree you’re walking by is straight and vertical or tipping toward you.
But damaged joints, surgical procedures, chronic illnesses, and even some medications can interfere with these important body-brain functions and cause balance problems.
Aquatic therapy is simply physical therapy in a pool. If you have a balance disorder, the pool is the safest place to rehabilitate because it eliminates the consequences of falling.
Our physical therapists are highly trained to help you regain your sense of balance and strengthen your joints and muscles. We custom-design this comfortable, gentle physical therapy treatment to address your unique symptoms and the underlying cause of your balance problem.
Slow, controlled movements help you relearn how to make postural adjustments according to the sensory stimuli your brain receives. Over time, aquatic therapy can:
Studies show that 40-minute, twice-a-week aquatic therapy programs can significantly increase your balance and reduce your risk of falling.
Aquatic therapy also improves your coordination, flexibility, joint function, and strength. If you’re experiencing balance problems, aquatic therapy can restore your balance and safety.
To learn more or schedule an appointment, call our office in the Sawtelle neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, or request an appointment using our online booking tool.