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Category Archives: Balance

6 May, 2020

Our “Sixth Sense”

Balance is often referred to as our “sixth sense.”  This is because it relies on other senses to prevent us from falling. We need our vision and muscles to work with our balance organ in order to have good balance.  Our brain is the hierarchy of everything, but it has direct connections to other areas

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24 Dec, 2019

Improving Balance and Reducing Injuries

Balance is what gives us the ability to walk on two legs and perform our daily routines.  Our sense of balance changes over the course of our entire lives. Balance and the vestibular system develop as we grow from a baby all the way through adulthood, and then declines as we get older. Most people

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22 Oct, 2019

Balance Issues Occur in Both Older and Younger Populations

Balance issues occur in anyone, regardless of age. However, the cause of balance issues and how to treat them differ in older and younger populations. We all have three systems that all work together to ensure we have good balance. We have our balance organ, which is our vestibular system in the inner ear. We

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2 Aug, 2019

Issues in Your Vestibular System Can Lead to Dizziness

The vestibular system is your balance organ and lies deep within your inner ear near the temporal bone of your skull.  If you are experiencing dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) or balance problems it has to do with something related to your vestibular system. Its main components are: Three semicircular canals(posterior, anterior, horizontal): The semicircular canals

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23 Jul, 2019

Core Strength and Improved Balance

You may be wondering how core strength can help improve your balance. Well here’s your answer: When the “core” muscles around your trunk are strong, they prevent chronic lower back pain and many other injuries, but they also keep you from losing your balance and falling down. A stronger core will help to keep you

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23 Jul, 2019

Why are Strength and Balance so Important?

Why is Strength and Balance so important?  Strength is directly correlated to balance because of the benefits it has on body mechanics and joint strength. As you age, you want to continue to build muscle mass to reduce the stress on your bones and joints. The more strength you have surrounding the joints, the more

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10 Jul, 2019

Prevent Falling with Physical Therapy

Falls happen more often than you may think. In fact, more than one third of adults 65 and older fall each year. Thankfully, more often than not, these falls don’t result in serious injury. But, if you experience any symptoms or the reason that caused you to fall in the first place are not recognized

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26 May, 2019

Why Do I Feel Off Balance?

Having good balance means being able to control and maintain your body’s position comfortably – whether you are walking, climbing stairs, standing or even sitting still.  To have good balance, your muscles need to be working together in response to your sensory systems, which include: vision, inner ear and proprioception, or the sensation you get

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20 Feb, 2019

The Connection Between Core Strength and Better Balance

Physical therapy as an industry has been talking about the link between core strength and better balance for years. When the “core” muscles around our trunk are strong, they prevent chronic lower back pain and many other injuries, but they also keep us from losing our balance and falling down. A stronger core will help

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3 Jan, 2019

When is a fall serious enough to seek medical attention…

Whether you are young or old, a fall outside, or even in your own home can be serious. You might assume that medical professionals are busy assessing injuries from falls at certain times of the year such as winter when there is snow and/or ice on the ground. This is true, however, it is also

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