Fyzical_Benefits of Computerized Dynamic Posturography

NEWS L E T T ER

COULD YOU BENEFIT FROM COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY?

The second most commonly reported complaint within physical therapy offices is dizziness and loss of balance. In fact, 76 million Americans will experience some sort of dizzy spell or vertigo at some point in their lives. These are both extremely common conditions that affect the equilibrium of the body, making you feel as if you are off balance. Symptoms can vary from acute to chronic, and in some severe cases, they can even be indicators of serious health risks. (continued inside)

INSIDE: • Could You Benefit from Computerized Dynamic Posturography? • Tips for Better Heart Health • Tasty Recipe: Vegan/Paleo Chocolate Fudge Balls

NEWS L E T T ER

INSIDE:

• Could You

Benefit from COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY?

COULD YOU BENEFIT FROM COMPUTERIZED DYNAMIC POSTUROGRAPHY?

• Tips for Better

HEART HEALTH

• PATIENT

SUCCESS STORY

• TASTY RECIPE: Vegan/Paleo Chocolate Fudge Balls • DEEP TISSUE

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LASER THERAPY

Balance is a big deal in our everyday world, but we usually take it for granted. Just think how long it took you tomasterwalking, running,and jumpingasachild. Your balance system is incredibly complex, and allows you to walk around and conquer obstacles without thinking. However, when balance is affected, it can be difficult to performdaily tasks and activities you enjoy. Physical therapy for dizziness, vertigo, and other balance problems is a common and effective course of treatment. At FYZICAL Arkansas, we are proficient in the treatment of balance disorders, and one of our most effective methods of treatment is Computerized Dynamic Posturography. To find out if this course of treatment isright foryou,contactourofficetoschedule a consultation today! What is Computerized Dynamic Posturography? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,“Thirtymillionolderadults falleachyear—

resulting in about 30,000 deaths. Each year, 3 million older adults are treated for a fall injury. One out of every five falls causes a serious injury, such as broken bones or a head injury.” Computerized Dynamic Posturography, or CDP, is an importanttypeofvestibulartestingthat iscomprisedof bothavisualboothandacomputer-controlledplatform. These are both used as effective tools in analyzing the sensory and motor components of balance within the body. In cases of peripheral lesions, vertigo, or other areas where vestibular rehabilitation may be needed, Computerized Dynamic Posturography is an invaluable tool. While it does not necessarily act as a diagnostic test, it does help in determining the very best course of treatment and rehabilitation, targeted toward the specific needs of each person. By determining where the problem areas are within the vestibular system, our physical therapists can better treat the issue at its root, so you can find relief faster.

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SMART EquiTest Advantages:

Could You Benefit from Computerized Dynamic Posturography? Efficient Effective

CDP testing efficiently isolates and quantifies the impairments underlying your patients’ balance problems. This impairment information is used to focus treatment on specific problems, effectively addressing deficits leading to improved outcomes.

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Evidence Supporting Computerized Dynamic Posturography The National Institutes of Health recently published a study highlighting the efficacy of CDP, titled “Computerized Dynamic Posturography for Postural Control Assessment in Patients with Intermittent Claudication.” Within this article, CDP is used as a way to assess balance in claudicants and determine whether or not it is an effective method of treatment. The article illustrates from the very beginning that “the early detection of posturaldeficits is importantso thatappropriateand targeted interventions canbeprescribed.”ComputerizedDynamicPosturography,whichaccording to the authors is instrumental in “measuring postural strategies under challenging static and dynamic conditions” is a highly effective way to do just that. Throughout the discussion of the article, it is reiterated that patients who received treatments based on CDP yielded the most positive results for their condition. The authors conclude: “The assessment of postural control is important in individuals who have a higher susceptibility to falls, often because of aging or disease. Computerized Dynamic Posturography is a unique technique in that the sensory systems responsible for balance can be challenged through separateprotocols thatsystematicallydifferentiatebetween impairments.” Proven NeuroCom CDP test protocols h ve a Only with NeuroCom Dynamic Systems Computerized Dynamic Posturography 30 year record of clinical use supported by peer- reviewed research. CDP results can be used by multiple disciplines to guide treatment decision-making and provide superior case management to patients with balance and mobility diso ders. Practical

How Can I Get Started? Have you been experiencing balance issues or dizzy spells? If so, it is likely that Computerized Dynamic Posturography may help in creating the best treatmentplan foryou.ContactFYZICALArkansas todayat (479)855-9348 to consult with one of our highly experienced physical therapists and get started on the first steps of your individualized treatment plan! Source: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4047968/ Balance assessment on NeuroCom SMART EquiTest ®

including the SOT, MCT andADT is available only on NeuroCom EquiTest ® , SMART EquiTest and Clinical Research Systems products.

TASTY RECIPE Vegan/Paleo Chocolate Fudge Balls

DIRECTIONS

Blend all ingredients in a food processor (or halve the recipe and use a single serve blender or mini chopper). When making a full recipe, a food processor is preferred over a blender as ingredients process more evenly and the results are less sticky. Once blended, transfer the dough to a sandwich bag and smoosh into one big ball. Break off pieces and roll into smaller separate balls. Dip in melted chocolate or roll in cocoa powder or shredded coconut or coconut flour. Alternatively, you can form bars or evenly roll out the dough and cut into shapes with cookie cutters! *Tip: If your pitted dates are super hard, just soak them in boiling water for a half hour.

INGREDIENTS

• 1 cup walnuts, or nuts of choice • 1 1/3 cup pitted dates* • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract • 3-4 tbsp cocoa or cacao

powder • 1/8 tsp salt (optional)

• mini chocolate chips (optional) • chia seeds or shredded coconut (optional)

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Tips for Better Heart Health

Do What’s Good for the Heart!

1. Aim for lucky number seven. Young and middle-age adults who sleep 7 hours a night have less calcium in their arteries (an early sign of heart disease) than those who sleep 5 hours or less or those who sleep 9 hours or more. 2. Keep the pressure off. Get your blood pressure checked every 3-5 years if you’re 18-39. If you’re 40 or older, or if you have high blood pressure, check it every year. 3. Move more. To keep it simple, you can aim for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week of moderate exercise. Even if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart.

4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced- fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely. 6. Think beyond the scale. Ask your doctor if your weight is OK. If you have some pounds to lose, you’ll probably want to change your eating habits and be more active. 7. Ditch the cigarettes, real and electronic.

Smoking and secondhand smoke are bad for your heart. If you smoke, quit, and don’t spend time around others who smoke as well. E-cigarettes are popular, but they’re not completely problem-free. They don’t contain the harmful chemicals in cigarette smoke but, they still do contain nicotine, so your goal should be to quit completely, not just switch to a less toxic version. 8. Clean up. Your heart works best when it runs on clean fuel. That means lots of whole, plant-based foods (like fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds) and fewer refined or processed foods (like white bread, pasta, crackers, and cookies).

Patient Success Story DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY SAFE • EFFECTIVE • DRUG - FREE • PAIN RELIEF

RELIEF FOR:

• Back Pain • Neck Pain • Shoulder Pain

• Foot Pain • Knee Pain • Post-surgery

“I feel 100% better and I can walk up and down steps.”

TREATMENTS FEEL GOOD Laser therapy creates little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, warm sensation. TREATMENTS ARE FAST With LightForce lasers, treatments are quick— usually 5-12 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated.

“I came to FYZICAL with very little strength and really poor balance. After workouts for 8 months and 3 days a week, I feel 100% better and I can walk up and down steps. I worked with every one of the physical therapists and they were so good and so nice. Thank you so much for your care and help!” – J. W.

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