This occurs when calcium debris breaks off in the inner ear, causing issues with balance.
Our gait assessment will determine 1) if you are living with a gait disorder, and 2) what the root cause of your gait disorder is.
If our Austin, TX physical therapist determines that you are indeed living with a gait disorder, he or she will get you started on a gait training treatment plan. Gait training will include activities to not only improve gait mechanics, but also increase your confidence and safety in navigating across different terrains and around different obstacles. Our physical therapists will also evaluate your need for an assistive device, or perhaps make modifications to a device you are currently using.
Both static and dynamic balance training will likely also be incorporated into your physical therapy treatment to help your body learn how to better respond to environmental challenges to your balance. For example, you may be asked to stand on one leg while performing a mentally-challenging task, such as reciting the alphabet or reading a paragraph of text out loud. Our physical therapists will also teach you balance strategies to help mitigate fall risk.
Endurance training may also be used, not just to improve muscle endurance for activity, but also to improve aerobic capacity for activity, both of which will reduce fatigue as a risk factor for falls when walking or completing daily tasks.
Do you think you could benefit from gait training? Contact Austin Manual Therapy Associates today! Request a consultation with one of our Austin, TX physical therapists, so you can get started on the first steps to moving at your best ability!