How Physical Therapy Can Improve Your Balance and Mobility

Poor balance and lack of mobility aren’t just inconveniences. Poor balance can increase your risk of falling and injuring yourself. Poor balance and mobility can be caused by many conditions including accidents, arthritis, and nerve damage. 

Because poor balance can affect your daily life and increase your risk of injuries, it’s essential to  limit tripping hazards at home, such as boxes or other objects on the floor. In addition to eliminating such home tripping hazards, you can improve your balance and mobility with physical therapy. That’s why our health care professionals at Advanced Integrative Medical Center recommend you come in to see us if you’re concerned about either your balance or your mobility.

Our providers at Advanced Integrative Medical Center in Redondo Beach, California, are happy to offer rehabilitative treatments including physical therapy and chiropractic care. Continue reading to learn more about the benefits of physical therapy.

What is physical therapy? 

Physical therapy — also called PT — is a type of rehabilitative treatment that reduces pain and improves the function of a specific body part. Physical therapy can be used in many situations including recovery from surgery or a sports injury, or to help manage a chronic condition like arthritis. 

How physical therapy improves balance

Three systems in your body work together to provide stability and balance:

Physical therapy helps improve your balance by determining which of these systems is causing the loss of coordination; your physical therapist then creates a customized set of exercises for you.  Examples include:

In addition to having you perform specific stretches or exercises, your physical therapist may also use specialized tools to help improve your balance. These tools include Biomechanical Ankle Platforms (BAPs) and wobble boards.

How physical therapy improves mobility

There are four reasons why you might be struggling with poor mobility, including:

  1. Bad posture
  2. Weak core muscles
  3. Poor leg strength
  4. Inner ear problem

Physical therapy improves your mobility by increasing your range of motion and strengthening your muscles, including your core muscles and leg muscles. During your session, one of our skilled physical therapists encourages you to perform exercises designed to strengthen your muscles. According to Princeton University Health Services, many easy core-strengthening exercises can help, including:

Once you strengthen your core muscles and your leg muscles, you’ll find that moving throughout the day — including tasks like climbing stairs — is much easier. 

Is physical therapy right for you?

Are you struggling with loss of coordination, poor balance, and reduced mobility? Don’t settle for the status quo! At Advanced Integrative Medical Center, we’re proud to provide physical therapy. If you’d like to learn more about physical therapy and how it can improve your balance and mobility, we’re here to guide you through your next steps. Request an appointment by calling 424-210-8093. Alternatively, book an appointment with our online scheduling tool.

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