Physiotherapy for people who are at risk of falls or have had falls.
There are many reasons why people may fall. These may include slips and trips, inner ear disturbances, neurological disorders, muscle weakness, loss of joint range of movement, difficulty to multi-task, visual difficulties, and changes to sensation. There may also be environmental factors contributing to falls such as uneven flooring, lighting, lack of supportive equipment or walking aids.
Aside from the physical impact after a fall, the psychological impact of a fall can become a greater risk factor of future falls. Having just one fall can be stressful and traumatic. This can lead to a loss of confidence which often results in a person choosing to be less mobile and active to avoid the risk of falling.
When you are less active, muscles become weaker, joints become stiffer and balance can deteriorate, increasing the risk of future falls.
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Balance Training can break this cycle, and also help to identify and reduce the root cause of the fall both physically and environmentally.
How PhysioFunction can help you*
Following assessment of your muscle strength, joint range of movement and function, we can provide an individualised programme that not only builds muscle strength and improves flexibility, but also builds bone strength and density. Both muscle strength and increased bone density can reduce the risk of injury if you do fall.
You may benefit from exercising as part of a group and this can currently be provided on-line through our TeleRehab service.
Having assessed your balance, we will identify key factors that will form the basis of your balance training, often alongside the strength training programme. This may include vestibular rehabilitation and use of the AlterG and the LiteGait to challenge balance in a de-weighted and supported environment.
We can plan and discuss and practice what to do if you were to fall. These may include techniques to safely get up from the floor and how to stay safe whilst waiting for help.
Our Occupational Therapist would be able to assess the home environment to ensure the risk of falls is reduced, and identify any adaptations around the home environment such as rails and ramps which may help your mobility.
Review of Walking Aids
Our experienced therapists will be able to advise on assisted equipment to aid your walking such as modifications to your current walking aid or exploring other mobility options that may be more suitable.
*We would always recommend a medical assessment prior to starting a rehabilitation programme to identify any medical cause for a fall.
To find out more about our services or how we can help you, please contact PhysioFunction or call 0800 043 0327