We have written before about the fantastic hidden wonders of physical therapy and how this form of “medicine” can help with much more than aches and pains.

For example, did you know that Cawley Physical Therapy provides balance physical therapy in NEPA? Have you heard of this before? If not, you may be surprised to learn that physical therapy can help patients to recover their balance if one of a range of medical problems has affected your ability to walk or stand properly.

So, how does it all work?

What Causes Balance Disorders?

When people have a healthy balance, they can stand and walk upright continuously without the fear of falling or becoming dizzy. The truth is, balance problems can sneak up on you as side effects of all kinds of health problems.

Conditions that could lead to balance disorders include stroke, inner ear issues, diabetes, arthritis, vertigo, brain injury, and spinal cord injury. In one way or another, these conditions can wreak havoc on people’s ability to balance by causing muscle weakness, dizziness, visual impairment, or joint stiffness.

We also often see balance problems affecting the elderly, as their bodies become weaker, and they have a more difficult time standing and walking.

It’s easy to see how losing control over balance can affect one’s quality of life and mental health. The fear of falling and getting hurt may overtake you and discourage you from doing things you once loved. That’s why it is so important to seek help if a balance dysfunction is affecting you or someone you love.

Vestibular Rehabilitation Can Help

Cawley Physical Therapy provides vestibular rehabilitation specifically to help people overcome their balance problems. The word “vestibular” simply refers to one’s balance. How does this kind of physical therapy work?

Our physical therapists will design a program of exercises that considers your medical history and specific kind of balance disorder. Ultimately, the exercises you complete will help you work toward regaining your balance, strengthening your muscles, and reducing your overall fear of falling when you are walking or standing.

Some of the exercises we design for you might include:

  • Single-leg stance – in which you hold onto something while lifting one leg off the ground and holding it, and then do the same with the other leg.
  • Walking and looking – in which you walk forward while turning or nodding your head. The combination of walking and actively looking around can help you control your balance.
  • General strengthening movements – many people struggle with balance due to being mostly sedentary. Our physical therapists can engage you in deconditioning rehabilitation to exercise muscles that have become weakened due to disuse. This will help with maintaining balance.

Besides helping you exercise, your physical therapist can also find ways to make your home a safer place for you to move around. Rugs that bunch up, clutter in walkways, and bad shoes can increase a person’s risk of losing balance and falling. If needed, we can also train you to walk using a cane.

Cawley PT Offers Balance Physical Therapy in NEPA

If you or a family member suffers from a balance disorder, Cawley Physical Therapy’s vestibular rehabilitation is for you. Our physical therapists get to know each patient to design a therapy plan based on the person’s strengths and weaknesses.

Over the years, we have seen countless success stories with patients who were struggling with their balance and made full recoveries. We would love to help you, too! In the meantime, you can continue to learn all about balance with more of our resources.

Contact Cawley Physical Therapy today to set up an appointment with us.