BALANCE AND GAIT DISORDER PHYSIOTHERAPY EDMONTON
Discover your balance through a physical therapy regimen at Instep Physical Therapy
Have you ever experienced losing your balance or feeling unsteady despite standing? Do you feel a painful sensation in your joint and find it difficult to move about as usual? Instep Physical Therapy can come to your aid.
We understand the effect of losing balance or experiencing a spin sensation while standing or sitting. Luckily, we have a natural remedy for your problem, and that’s physical therapy treatment.
There are various reasons that can cause balance and gait disorders. For some people, it can be due to neurological or musculoskeletal problems. However, if you are suffering from this disorder, you are likely to encounter difficulties in your physical and mental well-being.
Whether you live in Edmonton or nearby communities and you are experiencing balance and gait disorder, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible. Our Edmonton-based physiotherapists will use a therapeutic approach to help you attain an equilibrium level, which will aid your restoration and recovery process. Contact Instep Physical Therapy to book an appointment today and meet with outstanding balance and gait specialists.
What exactly are balance and gait disorders?
Balance and gait disorders are both regarded as functional disorders. When a patient suffers from this condition, it can affect their productivity, ability to position oneself, stability, mental health, movement function, and overall health.
Balance disorder has to do with both physical and mental wellbeing. When the brain stops interpreting certain information correctly, such as thinking you are moving even when you are at a fixed position or spot, automatically, you are suffering from balance disorder. If a patient has this condition, there is a high chance of falling because you might feel that at any moment, you can fall. However, balance and gait are quite similar but have some differences. Some of the physical consequences you might notice are difficulties in moving well and the inability to sense the exact position of your joint.
Gait disorder occurs by affecting the ways in which a person walks. If you are suffering from this exact condition, you will experience abnormal movements. Gait disorder also affects your balance but has less impact on your mental and physical functionality.
Both conditions can have a negative impact on one’s general health and lifestyle. In most cases, they tend to seem worst based on age. According to research, it was discovered that about 20% of elderly that fall suffer from gait disorder.
What could lead to my balance or gait disorder?
You must know that different factors can cause balance or gait disorders. In a situation where the vestibular system is affected, a patient may likely suffer from gait disorder.
The vestibular system is located in the inner eye, and it houses a delicate collection of sensory nerves and a fluid-filled chamber. Whenever a patient stands, this system helps coordinate the sense of position (proprioception), but when it is affected, a patient will find it extremely difficult to maintain their position.
Other common conditions patients often develop which later cause balance or gait disorder include;
- Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo occurs when there is damage or disorder to the balance organs present in the ear. This is due to the breaking away of calcium debris located in the inner part of the ear. When this happens, a patient experiences balance problems together with migraine and dizziness.
However, this condition is most common to people around 50 years of age and above. Notwithstanding, some kids, adolescents, young adults, and others still fall victim to this condition. Although, studies have shown that women are more prone to this condition.
- Neurological issues
Suffering from neurological issues can as well cause balance problems. This neurological issue includes Parkinson’s disease, brain injuries, stroke, and more. Whichever one a patient may have, these can totally alter your system responsible for providing optimal balance.
- Aliment or injury
Accidents can also result in an injury that may affect your balance or gait. Even sudden disease, injury, or other underlying conditions can tamper with your balance. Your nervous system and brain may be functioning properly. Still, when one of these conditions occurs, it can cause muscular weakness and a devastating impact on your life, such as finding it hard or challenging to keep oneself upright when you want to.
- Vestibular neuritis
This condition happens when a particular virus in the inner ear affects the nerves. In most cases, this leads to loss of balance, vertigo and dizziness, vomiting, and nausea issues.
Gait disorder can occur from related symptoms with neuromuscular or neurological problems. It is important you know that identifying the exact cause varies from individual to individual. In some cases, a combination of different conditions can create a balance and gait disorder. Prior to this, we urge you to meet with our physiotherapists if you discover any signs that may affect your nerve, muscles functions or hinder your walking steps in any unusual way.
Also, when a patient suffers from gait disorders, they are likely to develop musculoskeletal disorders, which have to do with the muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints. In addition, if you have abnormal foot arches, overuse injuries, improper healed previous injury, plantar fasciitis, or improper muscular support causing a part of your body to weigh more than the other, a gait disorder may occur.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions or perhaps noticed some abnormal changes with your stability, movement, or sense of position, do not hesitate to contact Instep Physical Therapy to book an appointment with one of our experienced physiotherapists in downtown Edmonton.
What is the benefit of physical therapy for balance and gait disorders?
Whether you suffered from an injury or neurological problem and are currently battling with walking problems, physical therapy or physiotherapy can help improve your movement and stability. If you are an athlete or older adult with a leg or foot injury, balance and gait therapy can assist you to increase your speed capacity, improve posture, and ease the pain.
When a patient is suffering from balance and gait disorder as a result of injury, chronic pain at either one foot or both, the neighboring muscles tend to be weak and distorted. In some cases, it can be due to slow reflexes or increased fatigue from muscles that can cause gait and balance issues when you move. To be able to maintain your balance while moving or performing any activity, your gait function has to be revamped.
Balance and Gait physiotherapy in Edmonton can help adjust these problems. This training will focus on improving your joint flexibility, reflexes, enhancing your muscle strength, eradicating pain, and transforming your walking or running pattern back to normal.
Our approach in handling balance and Gait disorder.
When you arrive for an appointment, your physiotherapist will perform a well-detailed evaluation. They will ask a few questions about your health as well as order you to carry out some functional tests to see your foot placement, walking pace, and style. Our physiotherapists are well-trained movement specialists; they will easily spot potential problems affecting your posture and strength, resulting in balance or gait disorder.
After they have obtained the required information to have a broad understanding of your condition, they will design a customized treatment plan to improve stability, dizziness, and strengthen weakened muscles. Your personalized treatment plan may include specific exercises and other therapeutic techniques to help improve your condition and lower the possibility of falling.
Other techniques that may be adopted include;
- Stretches- with specific stretches, our physiotherapist will help you have more control and a fast response when moving. This will also help tight, and stiff muscles become soft.
- Strengthening exercises- This treatment technique helps enhance your muscles to ensure you move properly and lower the chances of injury.
- Gait retraining exercises- are most effective for patients with osteoarthritis-related gait disorders. It comprises postures, stances, and waling techniques. Through this session, a gait disorder can be corrected to its normal state.
- Vestibular rehabilitation- for a patient suffering from BPPV, this technique helps restore broken calcium debris to its proper position. This approach is essential in improving your vision, muscles, nerves, and entire vestibular system to attain an optimal balance.
Visit us today; lets us help you achieve the equilibrium that you deserve!!!!
Do you live around Edmonton or any of the close communities? Do you notice a change in your balance, stability, movement pattern, or have you been diagnosed with balance and gait disorder? Whichever one, Instep Physical Therapy in downtown Edmonton can come to your rescue ASAP!!!
So far, we have the best clinical facility and best physiotherapists in Edmonton. We strongly believe in focusing on an individual treatment pattern because everyone with a similar problem may not respond to similar treatment. Whether you have a balance or gait disorder, our physiotherapist can help you restore your functions back to normal as soon as possible.
If you would like to know more about this therapeutic care or want to schedule an appointment with us today, feel free to contact us right away. We will be wholeheartedly happy to help you overcome your difficulties using a safe, natural, and non-invasive approach.
Meet with us and discover the impact of this session in achieving your goal and restoring your feet’ equilibrium back to normal.