Conditions that involve loss of sensation in the feet and ankles can also impact balance. That includes complications with diabetes, stroke or nerve irritation from the back.
Many people rely heavily on their vision for balance. So when you close your eyes, are in a dark room or have visual impairments, this can affect your balance.
The inner ear plays a role in balance. It senses where you are in space. If you lack sensation, strength or vision, your inner ear has to work harder to keep you standing.
What to Expect From Balance Treatment
Some treatments that are included in a comprehensive balance plan are leg and ankle strengthening, vestibular exercises to improve coordination between the eyes and vestibular system, using unstable surfaces to improve balance reactions and a comprehensive home exercise program to help maintain progress made in therapy.
People lose balance, like strength, as they age. The good news you can improve both strength and balance. Learn more about fall prevention, in-home physical therapy and other therapy services for seniors.
“I was barely able to move my neck and was unable to function at my job. I haven’t felt this good in years. The staff are amazing and the techs are a lot of fun to work with. I will miss my sessions, but I’m cured!”
“Starting with almost no movement and a lot of pain, OT has restored my strength and flexibility in my hand. The staff was empathetic, efficient and made a somewhat tedious task fun. I am very happy with the outcome and am able to do my daily activities with relative ease.”
“It was a very educational experience and helpful to my recovery. The staff are knowledgeable and know what to do. The homework stretches and exercises were helpful now and will be in the future.”
“I have been taken under the wings of a great team of people helping me with my lymphedema. I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received. This is an excellent place to get the proper care and attention needed to improve.”