Balance Solutions Physical Therapy has 10 years of experience addressing this major health care concern. We have focused on treating individuals with vertigo, dizziness and balance disorders and have developed a series of educational courses based on research and experience in this area.
Our courses have empowered many Physical Therapists and the Assistants to CARE for this demanding and growing population in a variety of treatment settings.
Our courses will provide you with practical experience that you can implement immediately, safely and effectively with your patients!
Our Experience has shown that when we look at the “Whole Patient” we are able to asses and treat the whole problem, not just treat the symptoms. Incorporating the use of manual therapy techniques in conjunction with neurological based rehab and vestibular rehab has proven to be an extremely powerful tool in our success at treating this patient population.
Patients with suspected vestibular disorders require neurological screening, a thorough oculomotor exam, and evaluation for benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Balance and fall risk assessment are also essential in this patient population. Screening for factors which may contribute to “multifactorial balance and gait deficits” allows the therapist to treat the Whole Patient effectively. Individuals with vestibular disorders may also develop cervicogenic dizziness as a result of specific reflex activation; therefore, cervical screening is an essential component during examination.
Patients with cervicogenic dizziness often go undiagnosed and experience chronic symptoms. There is no specific diagnostic test for cervicogenic dizziness; it is considered a diagnosis of exclusion. However, through comprehensive hands on evaluation and the application of specific manual therapy techniques, symptoms of dizziness are often decreased or alleviated within the first few visits.
Patients presenting with complaints of ongoing dizziness after a course of vestibular rehab, or who continue to present with cervicogenic dizziness or “multifactorial balance and gait deficits”, often have underlying issues in the thoracic spine, pelvis or core. These underlying issues may not allow this patient population to compensate as most people would, therefore contribute to chronic or recurrent symptoms. Systematic evaluation and treatment of the “Whole Patient” including screening and intervention for issues in the thoracic, lumbar and pelvic regions aid in the treatment success of these more complicated patients.
The use of Pilates and Tension Resistance Exercise (TRX) are excellent tools which can be used as an adjunct during rehab when treating this growing patient population. Each method offers unique exercises which can be modified to meet an individuals needs. Each method also focuses on core strength and stabilization which is essential for maintaining good balance as well as assisting in the prevention of recurring pelvic or core issues.
Addressing this patient population can generate additional revenue streams for yourself or your facility.