FitnessForHealth_Do You Struggle with a Fear of Falling?

When was the last time you had your balance checked? No matter what age you are, your balance can always be improved - in fact, even those who do not live with a balance or gait disorder can still suffer from balance-related injuries that occur from poor posture or reflexes.

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When was the last time you had your balance checked? No matter what age you are, your balance can always be improved - in fact, even those who do not live with a balance or gait disorder can still suffer from balance- related injuries that occur frompoor posture or reflexes. (continued inside)

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Ifyoufrequentlynoticean imbalance,dizziness, or unsteadiness that makes you feel as if you may fall over at any given time, it is a sign that you may be living with a balance or gait disorder.Balancedisorders,andbalance issues ingeneral,allstemfromthevestibularsystem. The vestibular system is a delicate collection of fluid-filled chambers and sensory nerves located inthe innerear.Yourvestibularsystem helpsmanageyour“proprioception,”orsense of position, and when this is altered, it can be difficult to keep yourself steady. If you have beennoticing issueswithyourbalance,contact FitnessForHealth®todaysowecanhelpyou figure out the root of your problem and treat it accordingly. How Can I Tell If I Need to Improve My Balance? It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your balance is in need of improvement. The simple test below may be an indicator that WHAT’S HAPPENING! Call 301-231-7138 today to RSVP to any of our events: SUMMER PROGRAM OPEN HOUSE: B SOCIAL TEAM BUILDING SUMMER PROGRAM FOR ADOLESCENTS WITH SOCIAL CHALLENGES (Ages 11-16) Feb 23 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Parents and potential B Social attendees can come learn about our summer program, which focuses on developing your adolescent’s social competency throughdirect instruction,coaching, and opportunities to practice learned skills in a dynamic environment. Visit for more information about our B Social Team Building Summer Program.

youshouldseekphysicaltherapy intervention: • Stand barefoot next to a counter, sink, or chair with your hand gently grasping the counter surface. • Putonefootdirectly infrontoftheother,so thatoneheel istouchingtheoppositetoes. • Gently lift your hand up, but keep it close to the counter in case you need to grab it quickly.Trytoholdthisfor10seconds(only do this if you feel safe or have someone nearby to help you). • Now try it with your eyes closed. • Doyouwobbleor loseyourbalance?This means your balance needs work. According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), over 2.5million adults were treated for nonfatal injuries inemergencydepartments in 2013.Inolderadults,fallsaretheleadingcause offatalandnonfatal injuries.Mostpeopledon’t thinkaboutkeepingtheirbalance inshapeuntil itistoolateandtheysufferaharshfall.Thegood

news isthatmostfallscaneasilybeprevented, simplybytheregularexercisingofyourbalance system. If you have recently sustained a balance-related injury, it is important to seek thehelpofaphysicaltherapist immediately, in order to avoid additional injuries in the future. It is important to note that you should also contact a physical therapist if you have any of the following symptoms: • Dizzinessorvertigo(“spinning”sensations, even when remaining still).

• Inability to focus or remain alert. • Double vision or tunnel vision. • Nausea or vomiting. • Arm or leg weakness. • Abnormal eye movements.

• Difficulty standing up from a seated position or standing for prolonged periods of time.


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Come tour our state-of-the-art facility while your children get to work out with our integrated movementspecialists. Learnhowouroccupational therapists, physical therapists, and integrated movementspecialistscanhelpyourchildtoimprove their levels of self-esteem, self-confidence, and motorfunctions.WeholdanOpenHouseonthefirst Sunday of each month from 5 PM - 6 PM. Please RSVP at SOCIAL FITNESS CLUB Tuesdays, Apr 14 - June 16 • 5:00 PM – 6:20 PM • $100 per 80-min session •Ages 18 – 25 Led by Ethan Ulanow, LMSW, our Social Fitness Club social skills program combines traditional group therapy with innovative exercise technology to enable and reinforce skills used in real-world situations. For more information, contact Ethan at

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Parents and potential B Social summer program attendees can come learn about our B Social Therapeutic Summer Program which integrates social cognitive thinking with motor activities. Conceptswillbe introduced inafunandmotivating way encouraging participants to explore and improve their social thinking skills and motor development. Your children will get to try things out and have a blast! Visit for more information about our B Social Therapeutic Summer Program.

What’s Causing My BALANCE ISSUES?

the nature of your condition and figure out the best course of treatment for your needs. Whatever the case may be, all treatment plans will contain targeted balance exercises and stretches to help improve your core, vestibular system, and overall proprioception. Are you ready to get back on your feet and decrease your risk of sustaining a balance-related injury? Get started today! Request an appointment at Fitness For Health® by calling (301) 231-7138 or by visiting our website at

There are several factors that can impact your balance. Just a few include: • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

• Meniere’s disease. • Vestibular neuritis. • Migraines. • Poor posture. • Injury or ailment.

• Neurological issues, such as brain injuries, stroke, or Parkinson’s disease. The make-up of your treatment plan will be dependent upon the origin of your balance issue. When you arrive at Fitness for Health®, your therapeutic personal trainer will walk you through a comprehensive exam in order to gauge

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EXERCISE ESSENTIALS Use This Exercise to Improve Balance

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Balance Tandem Stance Start by placing one foot in front of your other foot in a heel to toe position. Maintain your balance. Return to starting position and repeat. Attempt this exercise alternating the opposite foot in front. For an added challenge while in this stance, slowly turn your head to the left and hold for 3 seconds. Repeat by turning your head to the right, up, and down, all of which holding for 3 seconds. If feeling confident in your balance, challenge yourself further by standing on a thick pillow or with your eyes closed.

Exergaming combines the fun of video games, cutting-edge, high-techequipment,andothercreative toolswithproven fitness tactics — such as heart-pumping movement or core building balance—tohelpchildrenandadultsbuildtheirstrength, fitness, and self-confidence while having the most fun possible. With Exergaming, our clients have so much fun that they often forgetor fail torealize that they’realsoworkingout.Theboredom or intimidation that may come with traditional workouts tends to disappear. Children and adults alike are inspired to keep going and to take new risks, and are excited to return for each session. Call (301) 231-7138 to find how Exergaming can help you!

Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing. Exercis scopyrightof

MEET THE TEAM Marc Sickel Certified Athletic Trainer (A.T.C.), Founder, President

Have an issue other than falling? We can help get you back to better health. Schedule your appointment today!

Anationallyrecognized innovator inthe fieldofexergaming, fitness, andspecialneeds therapy,MarcSickel foundedFitness forHealth in1989 to fulfillhisdreamofhelpingchildrenandadultsmaximize their physical potential. Having grown up as a child with special needs, Marc used his unique perspective to create a safe, exciting approach to fitness

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thataddressesboth thephysicalchallengesandemotionalchallenges facedbychildren andadultsofallabilities. This innovativeapproachcombineshisuniqueSuccessBuilds Successmethodologyandstate-of-the-artexergamingequipment—muchofwhichhe custom-designs hand-in-hand with leading fitness manufacturers—to help children andadultsdevelop themotivationandconfidence theyneed to learnnewskillsand take on new challenges. It has proven again and again to be so successful that clients and familiestravel fromas farawayasBermuda,Texas,andNewYork justtotrainwithMarc. email: (301) 231-7138

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