Our sense of balance and stability during gait are two relatively forgotten factors that play a critical role in everyday life. Both will ultimately have direct control over a patient’s movement and their overall mobility.
Our balance system utilizes several senses, such as our hearing and eyesight, to give the body its sense of location within a particular space. The balance system also allows the body to find an optimal position that will prevent you from falling over when we stand up and move around. At the same time, gait essentially refers to the manner or style that a person has when they walk.
When issues do arise with our sense of balance or our gait pattern, the effects can be far-reaching and often severe. In extreme cases, these issues can make even simple everyday activities a difficult challenge.
Balance disorders are often a side effect of a more significant injury or condition. These injuries and conditions include strokes, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and brain injuries. Some of the symptoms of poor balance include the following:
As with poor balance, gait abnormalities will usually develop from a more serious condition or injury. Because of this, the symptoms of a gait abnormality will vary from each different type. Some common types of gait abnormalities include the following:
How Flowers Physical Therapy Help?
There are multiple ways for patients to combat gait and balance dysfunctions. Physical therapy is effective in treating both losses of balance and gait abnormalities. When visiting a physical therapist for a balance or gait disorder, they will first determine what is wrong. Since both are a result of other conditions, your physical therapist will have to discover this condition before they continue.
Once they figure out what is wrong, they will then create a treatment program that is specifically designed to meet your needs. For both balance and gait disorders, these treatment programs will include the use of stretches and exercises that will improve strength, flexibility, posture, movement, and mobility throughout your body. These stretches and exercises will work with other treatment techniques to correct your walking style and return your balance. Ultimately, physical therapy is a fantastic solution for anyone suffering from balance and gait disorders. Flowers Physical Therapy works with you to ensure you receive the best care possible. Contact us today for more information on how we can help you!