Balance problems are when a person cannot maintain their balance within their centre of gravity. This can result in a visual postural sway.
Some of the symptoms and feelings which can be associated with balance problems are:
This feeling of diminished balance can affect a person’s ability to cope independently and safely, putting them at a greater risk of falling with potential to cause a severe injury.
The main components of balance are:
Balance is gained through a combination of the body systems and can be affected if there is a deficit in one or more of the systems.
There are many potential causes that lead to problems with balance.
Any disorder of the vestibular, visual, proprioceptive and musculoskeletal systems can affect a person’s balance. Some of the causes of balance problems can include:
Our senior physiotherapists can provide a thorough assessment and provide a diagnosis with an appropriate treatment plan.
It takes time to improve balance and can have potential risks if not supervised and professional instructions are not followed. Physiotherapy can help improve balance through:
There are a few different treatments available aimed at improving a person’s balance. Some of the treatments used may include:
Poor balance can increase the risk of falls.
In the elderly population his can increase the risk of fractures and other serious injuries. Treatment is aimed at challenging balance, which can potentially have risks therefore should be done under the supervision of a qualified senior experienced physiotherapist. This can decrease the potential risk of falls whilst benefiting the client.
Please contact us to arrange an appointment.