Health and Wellness

Balance Awareness

Last week was Balance Awareness Week where healthcare providers across the nation celebrated and educated their patients in regard to balance awareness, fall risks and vestibular disorders. Physical therapists can have a direct impact on helping individuals that have difficulty with balance, are at risk for falling, and those experiencing vertigo and other vestibular disorders. The process of how bodies balance is intricate and often taken for granted.
The ability to balance is controlled by three different systems within the body: the somatosensory system, the visual system and the vestibular system. Our somatosensory system essentially sends information to the brain . . .