The state of having your weight spread equally so that you do not fall.
The ability to move or remain in a positon without losing control or falling.
Balance Rehabilitation starts with someone entering the clinic, with a history of falls, that may or may not result in injury. The first step of the clinician is to determine where the weakness lies that is causing the imbalance and subsequent falls. The following physical attributes play a role in balance:
Joint Mobility (Hips/Knees/Ankles/Feet)
Once the deficiencies are discovered, the therapist will formulate a program designed to address them specifically. At the same time, safety is discussed with the patient to prevent further falls and injury.
Things such as removing clutter from the floors at home, using an assistive device, and walking on even surfaces are various examples of advice given. It is imperative that the patient understands that it will take a daily time commitment at home, away from the clinic, to practice what they learn in therapy to achieve any sort of improvement.