Margaret Haller,MSPT - Pediatric and Orthopedic Physical Therapy

TakeControl of Your Balance

As we get older, the chances of suffering from a fall increase.  Some falls can cause minor disability, while others can have more serious consequences.  It is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors above age 65, and nearly 1 in 2 seniors over age 80, will fall at least once a year, leading to disability. This is not something that should be taken lightly.
 
If you feel unsteady on your feet, a physical therapists can reduce your risk of falls.  A comprehensive evaluation conducted by a physical therapist will help determine some of the causes behind your balance issue. 
 
Call us today to learn what we can do for you. 
 
Helpful Tips 
It’s easy to trip over objects that you can’t see, so make sure that your home is well-lit.


  • Use 100-watt bulbs whenever possible (make sure that you don’t exceed the wattage rating on your lamps and other lighting fixtures to avoid a fire hazard).
  • Place a lamp next to your bed that you can switch on if you need to wake up at night.
  • Install night-lights in your bathroom and hallways.
  • Make sure your stairways are lit as well, and turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
  • Keep flashlights in easily accessible places in case you lose power.          


 
Balance Exercises
Your physical therapist can teach you the appropriate balance exercises, which can help prevent falls by increasing your stability. Here are a few you may want to try. For best results, please consult your doctor and physical therapist before your start any exercise routine.
 


  • Standing on one leg:
    • Stand next to a chair or desk and hold onto it with both hands
    • Maintain your balance on one leg for 5-10 seconds
    • Rest and repeat 5 times
    • Perform with opposite leg
  • Walking Heel-to-Toe                                                                    
  • Stand by a wall or in a hallway
  • Position your heel just in front of the toes of the opposite foot each time you take a step
    • Your heel and toes should touch or almost touch with each step
    • Walk 10 feet with as little support from the wall as possible


 
Margaret Haller, MSPT, PC
100 No. Centre Avenue
Suite 203
Rockville Centre, NY  11570
Phone: 516-353-3664  Fax:  516-750-9565
 
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