Balance retraining consists of specific exercises that focus on improving your balance. The exercises revolve around strengthening your core and leg muscles to help you stay upright, improve your steadiness, and reduce your risk of falling.
Who Should Have Balance Retraining?
While nearly everyone could benefit from balance retraining, certain people may benefit the most, including the following:
Athletes can benefit from balance retraining because the exercises work certain muscle groups in an effort to promote better balance and coordination – both of which can improve your sports performance. The training will also improve your reaction time and agility, thereby decreasing your risk of developing a sports injury.
A stroke can decrease your ability to balance if it causes vertigo, loss of mobility on one side of your body, vision problems, concentration problems, and muscle weakness. With physical therapy that involves balance retraining, you can start to regain the balance and function you lost from the stroke.
People who have multiple sclerosis may have issues with their balance. MS patients may therefore benefit from physical therapy geared to balance retraining, because they can strengthen their muscles and learn how to move in ways that will help prevent a fall.
People with Neuropathy
Neuropathy occurs when you have damage to your nerves. You might feel a stabbing, burning, or numb sensation where the damaged nerves are. When neuropathy affects your legs and feet, you might have balance issues and muscle weakness.
You may develop neuropathy from a medication such as chemotherapy or underlying conditions such as type 2 diabetes. With balance retraining, you can strengthen your leg muscles and regain some or all of your mobility.
Those with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a nervous system disorder in which you may develop tremors or problems balancing and controlling your movements. Physical therapy can help you optimize your range of motion, balance, and coordination by developing better muscle control and strength.
Individuals with Mild Dementia
If you have dementia, particularly vascular dementia, you might have balance and coordination issues. Some people with dementia experience bouts of vertigo that can interfere with balance. Your physical therapist can guide you through exercises that can help you to gain better control over it so you can prevent a fall.
Those with Poor Posture
Poor posture can wreak havoc on the muscles and joints in your back and neck. Because of these negative effects, it has also been linked to balance problems. Physical therapy which is geared to balance retraining will include exercises that can help to restore your posture and address your balance problems.
Physical Therapy Clinics Across Austin
We have physical therapy clinics across the Greater Austin area, including Cedar Park, Manor, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and Austin proper. Our physical therapists can help you to prevent a fall and improve your overall mobility with balance retraining. We will work with you every step of the way and beyond.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our friendly staff today by calling us at (512) 284-7192 or fill out our appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you walk steadily again!
Book an appointment with Endeavor Physical Therapy & Wellness, serving Manor, Austin, Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, and the nearby areas, to regain your balance by dialing 512-284-7192 or using our appointment setting tool.