When clients leave the clinic these are some common questions that they ask themselves:
- What if I forget how to do the exercises as soon as I get home?
- When I’m alone, how will I know that I am performing the exercises correctly?
- What if I am practicing the exercises incorrectly? Am I developing bad habits?
We want to help you thoroughly understand where you are on the continuum of the balance spectrum. Wherever you are when we get started, we will work with you to achieve a higher level of balance. We are ready to be your guide until you
realize your fullest potential. We make you a part of the process so that the feedback you receive becomes so ingrained that you seamlessly integrate everything you learn and improve your balance.
What is Balance?
Balance is defined as the ability to control and maintain your body’s position as it moves through space. It’s technical definition is “the ability to maintain the center of gravity (COG) of an object within its base of support (BOS)”.
How do you Maintain Good Balance?
Maintaining good balance requires the interaction of several systems. Balance is controlled through smooth reception, interpretation, and integration of signals to the brain from your eyes (visual system), the inner ear (vestibular system), and
the sensory systems of the body (such as the skin, muscles, and joints). See Handout
Just like how you may need to strengthen one group of muscles more than another to gain strength, you may need to exercise one balance system more than another. Specific training will help you gain results faster.
When Should you Seek Help?
Although every patient is not referred to physical therapy, any patient with a history of falls, risk for falls, neurological diagnosis, or osteoporosis should be referred early for a balance assessment. Speak to your healthcare provider about your
concerns and/or referral process.
What does a Balance Assessment Involve?
A skilled health care provider will assess your balance evaluating your sensory systems, equilibrium strategies, and walking. During the initial evaluation, a health care provider will perform a series of tests that will analyze the multiple
systems that work together for you to be able to balance under various conditions. Your provider can then determine the specific system, or perhaps there is more than one system, that will benefit from training or retraining. Retraining
is necessary if you have become accustomed to compensatory and/or inefficient movement patterns over a long period of time. A customized program will be created to target the involved systems so that you can replace impaired movement patterns
with movement that is optimal, efficient, and normal for you.
What is the Goal for Balance Training?
The goal for every program is the same, and that is taking your balance to the next level, and with time the highest level your body can achieve. Your balance exercises will keep you connected to your lifestyle (sports, travel, work) so you can
maintain a good quality of life.
Balance Matters® was designed to be the ideal balance assessment tool for healthcare providers as well as the ideal balance exercise tool for clients. The feedback that Balance Matters® provides will make you feel like you’re exercising in
the clinic, because you can objectively monitor your progress in real time and know what your rate of progress is over time.
For more information on the Balance Matters® home systems please contact us.
See chart below for the two home systems available.
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We are always looking to expand Balance Matters® to other clinics. If your clinic is interested in incorporating Balance Matters® as an additional clinical resource we would be happy to work with you. Please contact us.