Brain injuries, strokes, issues with balance, and vertigo can cause tremendous changes in an individual’s lifestyle. It can be heartbreaking to discover that you struggle to do the things you’ve always done, let alone the things that you enjoy doing. At Teton Therapy, our therapists are compassionate, understanding, and determined to help you regain as much normalcy as possible. We’re here to support and strengthen you in your journey.
When you come in for your first consultation, our staff will assess impairments such as decreases in strength, motion, difficulty walking, trouble communicating, and issues with balance. The process can be complex, sometimes scary, and often changes over time. But the relationship you’ll build with your therapist will help build your confidence, lessen your fears, and support you in your long-term progress and goals.
Other important areas your therapy program can address include training you with appropriate assistance devices, recommending wheelchair components to maximize function (if needed), and educating your family members on techniques of transfers, skincare, and how to smoothly handle prolonged care.
Strokes are a common cause of disability among adults, and occur when the blood supply to part of your brain is blocked or reduced. Modern advancements in stroke treatments have made it so that far fewer people die from them, and more people recover at least some, if not most, function. However, a variety of deficits can still occur as a result of a stroke including impairments in cognition, sensory, motor, and language functions. A common struggle we help our patients with is motor impairments on the same or opposite side of the body as the stroke.
Strokes present differently from person to person. This is due to the interruption in blood flow to the brain affecting different areas. Rehabilitation from a stroke can be very similar to that of a brain injury. Our goal is to maximize your strength, range of motion, and balance to allow you to functionally operate in your home and community.
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Vestibular And Balance Problems
Your body’s ability to balance allows you to walk and move without problems. Your sense of balance enables you to negotiate uneven ground, correct for tripping over objects, and many other daily activities. Our ability to balance depends on three main components: sensations from joints and muscles, input from our inner ear, and our vision. As we age, our reflexes slow down slightly. This makes it difficult to adapt to uneven terrain such as grass, cracked pavement, gravel, and stairs. In addition, poor posture, weakness in the hips, and poor eyesight can all contribute to poor balance.
Most people don’t understand that they have decreased balance until they have a fall. Many of these symptoms can be improved and prevented with the right physical therapy program.
Dizziness and Vertigo
Dizziness can be caused by a variety of conditions, but typically occurs because of poor perception in the joints or muscles, combined with visual tracking problems and less inner ear coordination. When the brain receives all these mixed signals, it becomes confused and dizziness occurs. Vertigo is a spinning sensation that typically occurs because of problems between the visual tracking and balance systems in the inner ear.
Physical therapy plays a crucial role in helping dizziness and vertigo by performing several key treatments. Teton Therapy staff can help you feel more in control and in some cases can achieve instant results with specialized procedures. In other cases, balance and coordination training diminish the symptoms and allow you to move without dizziness or vertigo.
Our staff at Teton Therapy has years of training in movement and balance analysis. We evaluate your leg strength, movement, balance reflexes, and much more to determine exactly where your balance problem lies. We then formulate a complete treatment plan that will improve your balance and train you on what you can do to maintain the improvement.
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