PTRehab_Tips for Keeping Your Winter Balance

• Use a night-light: We use our vision to help us balance. When it is dark, you can’t use vision so your vestibular system and other systems are challenged. Ifyouhaveaproblem intheseareas, you are at risk for losing your balance. Place a night light inthebathroomandhallwayssonight- time trips to the bathroom are safe. • Be careful with throw-rugs: Make sure all rugs have a non-stick bottom and won’t slide when steppedon.Even iftherughasanon-stickbottom it could cause you to catch your toes or trip, so youmaywanttoremovethemuntilyourbalance improves. • Keepwalkwaysclear:Don’tputextraneousthings inwalkwaysthatwouldrequireyoutowalkaround or over. • Use non-slip mats in shower or tub. • Have hand-rails installed in shower and/or toilet area. • Becarefulturningyourheadwhilewalking:turning your head while standing or walking challenges your balance. If your balance is impaired, turn your head slower or hold onto something while turning your head. • Keeponehandfree:Whencarryingobjects,don’t overdo it. Keep one hand free to catch yourself in case you lose your balance. Call Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today at 989-631-3570. We can help you stay balanced and conquer your fear of falling.

dysfunction of the balance organs in the inner ear. ThemostcommoncausesofVestibularDisorders are a blow to the head, aging, and viral infection. The Vestibular System includes parts of the inner ear and brain that help control balance and eye movements. If the system is damaged by disease, aging, or injury, a vestibular disorder can occur. The symptoms of a Vestibular Disorder can be trulyfrighteninganddifficult todescribe.Themost common complaints we hear are: • The room starts spinning when I roll over in bed or sit up • A sensation of lightheadedness • Dizziness that worsens in busy environments • Difficulty reading or watching TV • Staggering or losing your balance, especially at night • Difficulty driving Peoplewithdizzinessandvertigocanhighlybenefit from vestibular rehabilitation therapy. No matter your age, if you suffer from dizziness or vertigo you will benefit from physical therapy exercises to help strengthen your balance sensors, reducing your symptoms and your risk of falls. Start feeling like yourself again, give us a call today! What Can I Do to Help? Therearesomesimplethingsyoucandoto increase your safety and reduce your risk of falling:

HELP FOR YOUR DIZZINESS & VERTIGO What Is Dizziness and Vertigo? Dizziness is a sensation of lightheadedness, unsteadiness, or a feeling that the world is bouncy orblurry.Vertigo isdefinedasaspinningsensation. Therearemanypotentialcausesforthesesymptoms and if you have them, a visit to your doctor is a necessity! Medical reasons for dizziness include a disturbance inyourbloodglucose,heartproblems, or blood pressure problems. Once your doctor has ruled these conditions out, these symptoms could be due to an inner ear problem, also known as a Vestibular Disorder. A Vestibular Disorder is a

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Improve Balance In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing lack of balance.

Improves Balance

ALTERNATING STEP TOUCH Stand “tall”,withsturdystepstool positioned in front. Step one foot ata timeonto thestool.Alternate legs and repeat 8 times.

Do You Have Friends Or Family Unable To Do The Following:

� Move without pain � Bend & move freely � Balance confidently & securely

� Sit for long periods comfortably � Walk for long distances � Live an active & healthy lifestyle

If you know someone suffering with aches and pains, give the gift of health. Refer them to Physical Therapy & Rehab Specialists today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an appointment with us.

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