After the age of 30, balance problems can arise as muscle mass and strength naturally decreases. After the age of 75, these factors decrease even more rapidly. This means you have to work at it. It also means that individuals over 75 years old are at a higher risk of injuries from falls.
Our team at Healers of Motion Physical Therapy in Pembroke Pines, Florida is here to help you age gracefully and regain better balance. Our physical therapists can help you combat age-related changes, including decreased strength and balance problems.
What Are Balance Problems?
Balance problems refer to any factors that make it difficult for you to remain upright. You may feel unstable when standing, or you may feel the need to hold onto another object for stability.
Surprisingly, balance problems aren’t limited to elderly individuals. They can also happen due to musculoskeletal injuries or conditions. Common causes of balance issues include:
- Muscle weaknesses or imbalances.
- Joint stiffness.
- A sedentary lifestyle.
- Medication, such as for high blood pressure or depression.
- Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s Disease.
How Can Physical Therapy Help?
Physical therapy offers a variety of options to help eliminate balance problems. Depending on your needs and your current state of health, treatment may vary.
At your first appointment with a member of our physical therapy team, you will undergo an initial assessment. Your therapist will evaluate your muscles, joints, and proprioception (your awareness of your body in space). From there, treatment usually involves prescribed exercises, balance practice, proprioception exercises, and stretching.
Physical therapy can then help with balance problems by:
1. Decreasing your risk of falls.
Your physical therapist will work with you to determine if your footwear or home hazards may cause an increased risk of falls. They will also work with you to improve your balance through exercises, significantly reducing your risk of injury.
2. Increasing your confidence.
By directly addressing the problems contributing to your balance issues, you may experience increased confidence with your abilities. This can contribute to an increased quality of life as you are able to enjoy your regular activities once again.
3. Improving your mobility and flexibility.
When working with your physical therapist, you will gain better coordination and confidence, contributing to increased mobility. Prescribed exercises will also improve your flexibility, further decreasing your chance of experiencing pain or injury.
4. Improving your strength and balance.
Exercises will specifically target your muscular weaknesses. You will also begin balance practice on a regular basis, increasing your proprioception and balance capabilities.
Address Your Balance Problems Before They Become Bigger Issues
Taking a proactive approach to your balance difficulties can help prevent injuries, pain, and poor health down the road. With our team at Healers of Motion Physical Therapy, you can go forward confidently into the future.
At Healers of Motion Physical Therapy, we are dedicated to helping individuals in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Southwest Ranches, Miramar, Davie and surrounding areas, to live their best life. Book your appointment today. Find out how physical therapy can contribute to your improved health and well-being.