Our Beachwood and Chardon locations have specialized therapists who are experts at identifying your unique therapy needs. Many have earned advanced degrees, certifications and credentials to best treat your condition. We listen to your individual needs and pride ourselves in the ability to develop a program specifically designed to achieve your rehabilitation goals.
Many people experience issues with balance at some point in their lives and are often surprised to learn that the source of imbalance may be the inner ears. The vestibular system includes the parts of the inner ear and brain that process the sensory information involved with controlling balance and eye movements. If disease, genetic conditions or injury damages these processing areas, vestibular disorders can result.
- Signs and Symptoms of Vestibular Disorders
- Vertigo and dizziness
- Imbalance and spatial disorientation
- Vision disturbance
- Hearing changes
- Cognitive and/or psychological changes
Many imbalance conditions can be helped through vestibular rehabilitation. The goal of treatment is to minimize dizziness, improve balance and prevent falls by restoring normal function of the vestibular system.
What to Expect
Our specially trained team of clinicians will develop an individualized treatment plan that includes exercises to strengthen posture, gait and components of the balance system, such as eyes, ears and legs. During the treatment process, a home exercise program may be designed and implemented specific to the tolerance, physical condition and diagnosis of each patient.
These exercises are designed to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system, helping the patient to become desensitized to movements that provoke symptoms and strengthen muscles. Approximately 90 percent of patients show levels of improvement from vestibular rehabilitation.
Falls are the most common cause of emergency room visits among older adults. When the body is thrown off balance, there are a normal series of specific “righting reactions” the body goes through to keep itself from falling.
As we age, the body begins to lose control of that righting series and eventually balance reactions can become sluggish and less responsive, resulting in an increased risk of falls.
The Falls Prevention and Risk Reduction protocol is specially designed to help individuals maintain or increase their independence and identify individuals who may be at risk of falling.
What to Expect
Our clinicians will evaluate a person’s risk of falling by assessing balance, mobility and strength. A personalized plan of care will be designed to meet individual needs.
Balance training exercises will be used to help the body “practice” the balance righting series and allow reaction times to be more automatic, decreasing the risk of falls. Dynamic strengthening exercises will also prepare the body to respond and react to a loss of balance with less risk of falling.
Recommendations will be made to address factors in the home, work and community environments that may contribute to increased fall risk.
The Benefits of the Falls Prevention and Risk Reduction Protocol
- Address loss of strength, mobility and coordination
- Help individuals to stay living independently or return to independent living after a fall
- Improve balance to reduce the risk of a fall… And more!
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
Injury and many conditions often lead to muscular guarding and pain. Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM) is a manual therapy treatment technique that utilizes specially designed stainless-steel instruments to assist in detecting and treating areas exhibiting scar tissue, soft tissue restriction, adhesions or chronic inflammation.
What to Expect
IASTM is relatively gentle and has been found effective for use after acute injury for ligamentous injuries. Our specially trained therapists use the instruments, which vary in shapes, sizes and brands, to comb over and isolate dysfunctional tissue.
The instruments are not meant to replace the therapist’s hands, but rather enhance his or her ability to detect adhesions and soft tissue restrictions. The technique combines the use of the instruments to treat the targeted tissue, reducing symptoms associated with the restrictions enough to allow participation in an individualized plan of care.
The Benefits of IASTM
- Mobilize muscles, tendons and ligaments to decrease pain
- Improve mobility
- Stimulate rehabilitation and recovery
- IASTM is indicated to treat the following injuries:
- Various tendinopathies such as tennis or golfer’s elbow and Achilles tendinitis
- Chronic muscle strain
- Chronic ligamentous strains
- Excessive scarring
- Running-related injuries, including plantar fasciitis and Iliotibial band syndrome (IT Band)