Balance and Gait Disorders St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Ellisville, Saint Peters, Saint Charles & O’Fallon, MO

Balance & Gait Disorders

Balance and grace are not merely attributes of a well-lived life; they are essential components of physical health and independence. At Excel Sports Physical Therapy, we understand the intricacies of balance and gait disorders and are dedicated to guiding you back to stability and confidence in your movements.

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Loss of balance will happen to even the strongest of individuals. For some, this means spending time in a wheelchair, or requiring a walking stick to help move around. For others, it is merely a short-term problem that develops following an injury. Still for some, balance issues develop as a result of a neurological concern, as is the case with balance disorders. Issues like vertigo can prevent you from ever feeling truly stable on your feet. When this occurs, it is important to focus on regaining your balance by concentrating on improving your gait.

Bad falls are a constant worry for seniors and others who have physical challenges. And those worries aren’t unfounded. Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and serious health problems in the United States.

Gait Training and Balance Therapy

The pace and style with which you walk are referred to as your gait. When you need to improve your walking skills, it is important to look into gait training. This is something that many people have to do after a foot or leg injury, but it is also very common among athletes. Runners especially use gait training as a way to improve their leg and foot movement to increase stability and pace while running. Your gait and your ability to maintain balance while moving are interrelated—you can’t master one without focusing on the other. Physical therapy helps you master these skills to decrease your risk of injury, while at the same time increasing your confidence and independence.

There are several factors that may impact your ability to maintain balance. One of which is muscle atrophy and reflexes. In some situations, it isn’t an injury that holds you back from being able to move easily, but instead chronic weakness that may have developed as you recovered from an injury, or just as a result of the aging process. For many, loss of balance stems from the feeling of “running out of steam.” The increased fatigue means that you are more likely to injure yourself, creating a negative feedback loop of imbalance. Slow reflexes, poor posture, and fatigue can all make moving around far more difficult than it really is.

Your ability to maintain balance is dependent on far more than a pair of healthy feet and quality shoes. Your ability to balance is connected to much of your nervous system, and beyond. Each of the following body parts play a role in your ability to stay balanced:

  • Inner ears
  • Eyes
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Nervous system
  • Cognitive functions

Therapy that improves gait and balance works with all of these systems to keep them functioning in harmony.

Gait and balance training has a range of benefits, with avoiding injuries being at the top of the list. Beyond lessening your chances of falling or feeling dizzy, you’re also more likely to feel confident with your footing. In addition, those aches and pains from poor posture are likely to decrease as well.

Personalized Physical Therapy for Balance Improvement

Our approach to treating balance and gait disorders starts with a comprehensive evaluation to understand the unique challenges you face. Whether it’s recovering from an injury, managing a neurological condition, or combating the effects of aging, our experienced physical therapists will develop a personalized plan to improve your balance, gait, and overall mobility.

Innovative Therapies for Gait Training

Gait training goes beyond simply learning to walk again. It involves retraining your body to move in safer, more efficient ways. By utilizing a combination of traditional physical therapy techniques alongside cutting-edge therapies such as Electrical Stimulation and Kinesio Taping, we help you rebuild strength, endurance, and coordination.

Regain Your Independence with Confidence

Our ultimate goal is to help you regain the confidence to perform daily activities without fear of falling. Through targeted exercises and hands-on therapy, we work to strengthen your body, improve your posture, and increase your stamina. With our support, navigating challenging terrain becomes a possibility, and the use of assistive devices like canes or walkers can be minimized.

Request an appointment or call us today at AfftonNorth O’Fallon,  St. LouisCreve CoeurEllisvilleSaint PetersO’FallonSaint CharlesWarrenton & Wentzville, MO  to schedule your consultation. Together, we can take the first step towards regaining your independence.