Why is My Balance Off? Why You’re Off Balance & What to Do About It

By: Todd Rech, PT, MPT

Falls, and a fear of falling, can diminish your ability to lead a full and independent life. Although one in
every four older adults falls each year, falling is not a part of normal aging. You don’t have to accept a
higher risk of falls and injury as you age: you have the power to reduce your risk of falls!

How Can a Physical Therapist Help?

A physical therapist can help by:

• Assessing your risk for falling.

• Determining factors which may contribute to your balance difficulties.
Balance deficits can be a result of a range of factors, and can be a result of dysfunction in many different
body systems, including the muscles, joints, inner ear (vestibular), eyes, skin (sensation), and positional
awareness (proprioception).

How Physical Therapists Treat Balance Problems:

• Physical therapists offer numerous options for treating balance problems, based on each
person’s needs.

• We are experts in prescribing active movement techniques and physical exercise to improve:
strength, mobility, posture, flexibility, and proprioceptive exercises.

• Physical Therapists also utilize specific treatments to address dysfunction of the inner ear known
as BPPV.

If you are feeling like your balance is off a little bit, don’t risk injury. The experts at Body One Physical
Therapy are here to help. We are both locally-owned and operated, with three locations serving Central
Indianapolis: North Indianapolis/Carmel, Fishers, and Zionsville. Call or click today and let us help you get
your balance back!