FyzicalNCWV: Fight The Fall



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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 from poor posture or reflexes. However, if you frequently notice an 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. Balance disorders, and balance issues in general, all stem from the vestibular system. The vestibular system is a delicate collection of fluid- filled chambers and sensory nerves located in the inner ear. Your vestibular system helps manage your “proprioception,” or sense of position, and when this is altered, it can be difficult to keep yourself steady. If you have been noticing issues with your balance, contact FYZICAL today so we can help you 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 you should seek physical therapy intervention: • Stand barefoot next to a counter, sink, or chair with your hand gently grasping the counter surface. • Put one foot directly in front of the other, so that one heel is touching the opposite toes. • Gently lift your hand up, but keep it close to the counter in case you need to grab it quickly. Try to hold this for 10 seconds (only do this if you feel safe or have someone nearby to help you). • Now try it with your eyes closed. • Do you wobble or lose your balance? This means your balance needs work.

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• STAR CITY OFFICE: (304) 598-2212 • ADMINISTRATIVE/BILLING: (304) 906-7016



According to the Centers For Disease Control (CDC), over 2.5 million adults were treated for nonfatal injuries in emergency departments in 2013. In older adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Most people don’t think about keeping their balance in shape until it is too late and they suffer a harsh fall. The good news is that most falls can easily be prevented, simply by the regular exercising of your balance system. If you have recently sustained a balance-related injury, it is important to seek the help of a physical therapist 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: • Dizziness or vertigo (“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. What’s causing my balance issues? 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 FYZICAL, your physical therapist will walk you through a comprehensive exam in order to gauge 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. Depending on your condition, vestibular rehabilitation and videonystagmography may also be included in your treatment plan. Are you ready to get back on your feet and decrease your risk of sustaining a balance-related injury? Contact FYZICAL to schedule a consultation and get started today!



INGREDIENTS • 14 oz. shaved brussels sprouts • 1 red bell pepper, seeded & diced • 1/2 cup dry roasted almonds, chopped • 1/2 cup cranberries • 1/2 cup golden raisins

• 1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced For Dressing • 3 tbsp squeezed lemon juice • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil • 1 tbsp honey • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard • 1/2 tsp kosher salt • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

KAYLA BELL, PTA Associate of Applied Science: Physical Therapy Assistant, Pierpont Community and Technical College Hometown: Independence, WV Interests/Hobbies: I love to kayak and go Irish Road bowling.

DIRECTIONS: Mix all ingredients for dressing together in a small bowl; set aside. Add Brussels sprouts, red pepper, almonds, cranberries, raisins, and green onion to a medium mixing bowl. Add dressing to bowl and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Chill at least 30 minutes before serving.

Kayla has worked for FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers since 2015.



Exercise To Do At Home 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. Repeat 3 times. Improves balance


I feel I have improved greatly in the last six weeks with FYZICAL Therapy. I would highly recommend to my friends that have balance issues. I’m pleased to go to my grandchildren’s activities especially football games where I feel that climbing the bleachers are no longer a problem. Feeling like my old self again is great!” - Sharon K. “FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Center is a great place to heal and get better. I was falling a lot—but now that is much better. The staff is just great and caring. Kayla is the best Physical Therapist and Hunter is very helpful.” - Gerald D.


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STAR CITY: (304) 598-2212 ADMINISTRATIVE/BILLING: (304) 906-7016

WESTOVER: (304) 225-5222 SABRATON: (304) 225-0910

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