Whether it’s walking up the path to your front door on an icy day, riding your bike down the Erie Canal path or skiing down the trails at Bristol Mountain our bodies are constantly at work to maintain our balance. As our bodies age, we naturally lose our ability to balance and the risk for a fall increases. Falls are the leading cause for injury and even death for those over the age of 65 in the United States. Unless you are taking active steps to improve your balance with targeted exercise, you could be at risk for a fall.
The physical therapists at Agape are trained to evaluate and treat balance related impairments and diagnoses. A comprehensive evaluation will be performed to determine which body systems may be contributing to your balance deficits. Based on that evaluation your physical therapist will create an intervention program to address these deficits. Agape makes use of state of the art equipment to help you along the way. Your program may entail working on the most basic functional tasks including getting up out of a chair, walking across the room, or changing position in bed. You may then progress to higher level activities like stairs, navigating obstacles or ramps, and returning to recreational activities such as hiking, fitness classes or gym workouts.
Our ultimate goal is to help you return to a safe and mobile lifestyle that meets your personal standards and independence level.
Contact us today to schedule a balance and fall risk assessment.
Balance and Fall Related Services
• Dan’s directions are clear. I almost always know what he wants me to do. When I don’t, he is aware of that and tells me in another way.
• Dan explains the impact on my body of what he asks me to do. I don’t remember anyone doing that before. His explanations help me understand what we are doing and that helps me follow his directions.
• Dan has a subtle but effective way of correcting me. What seems like an off-hand comment as he walks by reminds me what I should be doing. I don’t feel like I have been told I am doing something wrong.
• Dan is concerned that I feel successful. He will modify something he has asked me to do, explaining what to do when I feel I am being pushed too far. That is valuable when I am doing exercises at home. I know how to adjust what I am doing depending on how I feel (see the second bullet).
• Nice guy. I enjoy coming in to see him.
• Agape. The atmosphere is relaxed but professional. And respectful of the clients.
• I enjoy the Virtual Reality Treadmill and will miss the fun when I am discharged.