Frequently Asked Question (FAQ’s)I have always been clumsy and never had good balance, can therapy really improve this?
Yes- our physical therapists will look at all three of your balance systems (vision, vestibular and somatosensory) and develop a customized balance and strength program to address your specific impairments.
What can I do at home to decrease my risk of falls?
- Remove tripping hazards such as rugs and cords and prevent the home from becoming cluttered. Poor lighting can also increase the risk of falls so make sure your home is adequately lit.
- Review medication list with your doctor or pharmacist. Dizziness is a side effect of many medications and taking more than three medications has been shown to increase your risk of falls.
Many people use their vision heavily for balance, instead of their vestibular system or somatosensory (body). When it is dark and difficult to see, people have a harder time keeping their balance and are at an increased likelihood of experiencing a fall.