Balance Training

Loss of balance and falls can be prevented if individuals take measures to protect themselves, much as they do against health conditions such as heart disease. At Preneta Physical Therapy our balance classes provide an assessment and treatment plan created by a licensed physical therapist.

Loss of balance and limitations in mobility can be effectively prevented, reversed, or delayed by physical therapist treatment and Balance Training classes. A comprehensive balance assessment performed by a physical therapist can determine factors that contribute to an individual’s loss of mobility or risk for falls. With this assessment, we can determine whether our classes are right for you or whether you need an individual physical therapy plan of care.

Our Balance Training will include exercises to improve strength, aerobic capability, flexibility, proper gait, and the function of the vestibular (balance) system. We will also conduct balance training and fear management.

Although an individual’s age is a risk factor for falling, falls are not an inevitable part of aging.

Why Should I be Concerned about Balance?

Each year, 1 in 3 seniors over the age of 65 experiences at least one fall; and,
Each year, 1 in 2 seniors over the age of 80 experiences a fall.

Preneta PT’s Physical Therapists, experts in mobility and motion, will help you understand what you can do to:

  • Prevent Falls – Reduce your Risk of Falling!
  • Increase your Physical Activity and Mobility Level!
  • Modify your Home to Create a Safer Environment.
  • Physical Therapy and the Balance System

How a Physical Therapist can Help

If you feel dizzy, off balance, or have fallen, a physical therapist can help to determine how well you are using these systems (or not) to keep your balance. The physical therapist may instruct you in specific exercises that address the problem and improve how your body uses all these systems together.

Getting to Physical Therapy

If you are a Medicare patient, talk to your primary care physician about your balance or dizziness. They can prescribe physical therapy if they think it is the correct course of action for you. Otherwise, contact Preneta Physical Therapy directly and we can schedule you for an evaluation and communicate with your doctor.

Balance Training Classes

6 week programs with classes twice a week – Tuesday and Thursday 11:00am-12:00pm

Free Balance assessment by a Physical Therapist are completed on each participant prior to the start of their program.*

Each class will include:
Stretching, Dynamic Stretching, Balance Activities and Strength Training and Cool Down.

Cost: $100 per person for 12 classes

Call the office today to schedule!

(203) 259-7177

*During assessment, if we find that one on one balance and strength training is recommended, we will talk to you and your doctor about creating an individual program to address your specific individual needs.

Acknowledgment: Shannon L. Hoffman, PT, DPT
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