Maintenance of balance is provided by the vestibular system, visual system and Somatosensory/proprioceptive system. Balance Retraining Therapy is significantly beneficial for fall prevention in elderly patients who may suffer from multiple sensory, motor impairments and/or have sensory disruption with moving visual information.
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Falls threaten seniors’ safety and independence and generate enormous economic and personal costs. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 25% of Americans aged 65+ falls each year. Every 11 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall; every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall.
During Balance Retraining, a complete assessment of posture, balance, compensatory strategies, and gait is conducted. An individualized and tailored treatment plan is developed for each patient to help them improve safe mobility in their house, workplace and community. Balance training also improves the quality of life of the elderly as the fear of falling limits their activities and social engagements.