Balance & Gait Therapy

Balance & Gait Therapy Alexandria, VA

Fear of falling is common in the elderly population as a result of multiple medications, frequent trips to the bathroom at night, combined with other physical challenges. While, falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and serious health problems in the U.S., physical therapy can improve your walking skills or “gait” as well as increase your balance. At Solutions Physical Therapy, we can provide you and your caregiver with a comprehensive program that educates you on fall hazards, increases your stability, improves your endurance, and simply instills confidence in your daily living.

 

Benefits of Balance and Gait Training

Balance and gait are inextricably linked because they tend to impact one another. Over time, our reflexes can slow which can make moving around seem more strenuous than it is. By the same token, poor posture and gait can throw off those reflexes.

In fact, the balance and gait systems both rely to some extent on a complex number of body systems that include the inner ear, the eyes, the joint-muscle-nerve system, and of course cognitive functions. Therapy that improves gait and balance works with all of these systems to keep them functioning in harmony.

Gait and balance training has a range of benefits, including injury prevention, decreased muscle aches and pains, increased stamina, and increased confidence to enjoy your life.

 

What Does Balance and Gait Training Entail?

First, we’ll evaluate your gait to determine potential problems with strength and posture. We will also take you through a battery of balance tests to see the root cause of the balance issues. Together, these basic evaluations point us in the direction of what to focus on in terms of therapy.

Hip and ankle weakness often leads to balance problems, as does poor posture. Strength and flexibility movements can help counteract these problems. These are often as simple as practicing arising from a chair or tightening your core as you roll over in bed. We may also practice standing on one leg, walking heel-to-toe, or tracking the movement of your thumb with your eyes as you move it in various positions.

 

Ready to Balance Your Life Again?

With our dedicated team behind you, you’ll regain confidence in navigating challenging terrain and learning how to avoid situations that are more likely to cause falls. You may even be able to leave that cane or walker behind! Call us today for a consultation so you can regain your independence as soon as possible.