Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation
Every year, between 20 and 40 percent of adults over 65 who live at home will fall. Half of those who fall do so repeatedly. According to the Vestibular Disorders Association, dizziness is second only to lower back pain in the number of complaints that physicians treat.
Balance is a complex function that requires reliable sensory input from a person's vision, vestibular system (the balance system of the inner ear), and the somatosensory system (sensors in the body that detect position and movement). Common symptoms of balance disorders include:
- Episodes of spinning or dizziness (vertigo)
- Difficulty walking in the dark or functioning after riding in a vehicle
- Problems coordinating eye and head movement without feeling off balance
- Legs feeling uncoordinated
- Feeling unstable with transitional movements (example, sitting to standing) or when walking on uneven surfaces
At Carson Physical Therapy, our therapists will evaluate and assess all the systems that contribute to an individual's balance using state-of-the-art computerized systems:
- The SMART Balance Master to measure an individual's center of gravity and weight bearing symmetry as they perform various tasks with specific tests to isolate the three systems of balance: vision, the vestibular and somatosensory systems. It was originally designed to measure equilibrium in NASA shuttle crews pre- and post-flight. It represents the most advanced balance and mobility assessment and treatment equipment available.
- NeuroCom inVision allows us to quantify an individual's ability to maintain visual clarity and stable gaze while actively moving their head, a key factor in performing activities of daily living.
Combined, the SMART Balance Master and inVision give unique insight into the contributing components of an individual's balance problem. The same systems are then used for specialized therapy to improve balance performance for safe return to daily activity and sport.