Unfortunately, the first thing people think of when keeping their balance is standing on one leg, standing with their eyes closed, or walking heel to toe. This could not be further from the truth!
While the formal definition of balance is keeping one’s self upright and steady is basically true, we look at if you can do that while performing functional activities of daily living; shopping, going for a walk, going to work, driving, or simply spending time with family and friends. Individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance deficits find performing simple activities becomes a challenge.
In order to truly assess someone’s balance you have to know what to look for. One of the biggest mistakes people make in choosing a physical therapy practice to go to with dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems is assuming that all physical therapy practices do the same thing.
Why We Are Different From The Rest
First and foremost, The Center for Balance and Dizziness is a neurological-based practice that exclusively treats individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo and balance problems. Yeah. But what does that mean?
Many people think that all physical therapists do the same thing; we don’t. Just as with all medical professions, there are different sub-specialties in our profession that treat specific symptoms. For instance, you would not go to a stroke rehab clinic after a total knee replacement. You would go to an orthopedic/sports rehab facility. Yet the perception that you can overcome your dizziness/vertigo and balance problems by mere leg exercises in a general or sports therapy setting remains.
Here is a fact you will find interesting: The Center for Balance and Dizziness has no leg strengthening equipment in our clinics. Many of our patients come to us commenting, “You’re just going to have me do leg exercises.” I tell them, “Not quite, I just watched you walk into the clinic, it is not a leg strength problem.” Don’t get me wrong, leg strength is very important, but if you can save time and money by going to a local exercise facility, we encourage it. The key to our success is being able to correctly identify if the three balance systems we use are working in a coordinated fashion.
We look for correct (sensory input) information from your:
- Visual system (visual tracking/stability)
- Somatosensory system (information from your muscles, tendons, and joints)
- Vestibular systems/balance organs in the inner ear (information regarding head movement)
These three systems constantly send sensory information to your brain regarding functional activities and coordinate balance responses. Your brain uses this information and decides on an appropriate course of action. Deficits in these systems can lead to poor balance, dizziness, vertigo, falls, and decreased quality of life issues.
Why Come To Us
- We are the first and remain the only medical practice in Cincinnati that exclusively treats individuals suffering from dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems.
- The Center for Balance and Dizziness is a neurology-based practice. Treatment for dizziness, vertigo, and balance deficits require neuromuscular re-education techniques for successful intervention.
- Our clinicians are highly-trained and specialize in treating dizziness, vertigo, and balance problems.
- Risk of fall assessment.
- Dizziness and vertigo assessment.
- Static and dynamic balance testing.
- The Center for Balance spends one-on-one time with each patient for forty-five to sixty minutes each visit.
- Patients are not passed around or do not sit and wait while their therapist is treating other patients.
- Our assessment and treatment techniques are developed by our clinicians and are unique to our clinics.
- When a patient comes to the Center for Balance and Dizziness, they are treated in a comfortable setting with other patients that have similar problems. This patient population does not respond to treatment in a gym-like setting that is loud and confusing.
- We take care of all insurance verifications and track your visits so there are no surprise costs to you.