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Falling in love? Great! Falling downstairs? Not so great.

Balance February 18, 2023

Happy Valentine’s day from MOSS Rehabilitation Center! Whether you love celebrating love or you think it’s just another frivolous event, it got us thinking about the topic of falls. While the adage ‘falling in love’ is associated with positive emotions, real falls that cause physical damage are not so exciting.

The chances are that you or someone you know has experienced a fall that has at the very least tweaked your back or at worst, landed you in a hospital. 

So let’s talk about why falls happen in the first place and what you can do to prevent them. 

Balance refers to the ability to maintain a stable and upright position while standing, walking or performing any other physical activity. The human body’s sense of balance is controlled by three main systems: the vestibular system in the inner ear, the visual system and the proprioceptive system, which senses the position and movement of the body and its limbs.

These three systems work together in order to detect changes in the body’s position and adjust accordingly to maintain balance. Meaning that if any one of them is out of whack, it could lead to falls and injuries.  

Stability refers to the ability of the body to maintain balance and control its movements. Stability is important for preventing falls and injuries and for performing daily activities. The stability of the body is influenced by several factors, including the strength of the muscles, the flexibility of the joints, and the coordination between the different parts of the body. Good posture and proper alignment are also critical components of stability. 

To improve balance and stability, it is essential to engage in regular physical activity and exercise. Exercise can help improve the strength and flexibility of the muscles and joints, which, in turn, can improve balance and stability. Adding exercises that challenge balance and stability help to develop your skills in those areas as well as strengthen your core (or Lumbo-Pelvic-Hip-Complex) which helps to stabilize your entire kinetic chain!

For many of our patients here at MOSS, some sort of balance training is included in the rehabilitation process to help with all steps in each individual’s health journey. 

In addition to physical exercise, it is also important to engage in activities that challenge the mind and improve cognitive function. This can include activities such as playing games, solving puzzles, and reading. Keeping the mind active and engaged can help improve balance and stability by promoting better coordination between the different parts of the body. 

We actually have a blog talking about a rather interesting experience to challenge both your body and mind! CLICK HERE to read more!

It is essential to maintain good posture and proper alignment. Good posture can help improve balance and stability by reducing the risk of falls and injuries and promoting proper alignment. Poor posture can lead to muscle imbalances and increase the risk of injury, so it is important to practice good posture throughout the day, whether sitting, standing, or performing other activities. 

To summarize: balance and stability are critical components of mental and physical health. To improve balance and stability, it is essential to engage in regular physical activity and exercise, find hobbies that challenge your mind and to maintain good posture and proper alignment. Making these practices a regular part of your life’s rhythm, you can improve balance and stability and reduce the risk of falling and injuries. 

Here at MOSS we want you to feel educated about your health and always feel free to come to us with any questions. 

Additionally, if you or someone you know has suffered from balance weaknesses and instability, we would love to help you start your journey of recovery or preventative care. 

It starts with our simple 3 Step Process. 

  1. Schedule a FREE Discovery Visit with one of our experts.
  2. Receive a Customized (Individualized) Treatment Plan
  3. Get Your Life Back and Do What You Love

It really is that simple! 

The first step is the hardest and I can’t take it for you but I can make it as simple and easy as possible. 

“A healthy man has thousands of wishes, a sick man has only one”. –Agnes Karll Schwest Krankenpfleger

You will work with one of our experts to design a customized plan specific to your needs and conditions. 

Next Action: 

I have talked about this for years. I call it The 3 D’s. You can learn more about it HERE. Follow The 3-D’s to handle your issue and you can’t go wrong. 

  1. Don’t ignore the problem—A problem could be pain, weakness, frequent falls or trouble recovering from an injury or illness. It is a signal from the body that something is wrong. Hoping and wishing will not make it better. Try to ignore it and hope it goes away –almost never works and usually makes everything worse. 
  2. Don’t mask it—getting injections, taking pills, wearing a brace or using a walker only masks the problem and doesn’t fix the underlying cause. I have several examples in my personal life where this did not work out. Trying to mask it and not truly addressing the underlying issue makes the problem cost more (time, money and stress) to fix in the long run. 
  3. Do something about it-–If addressed properly most problems can heal conservatively, naturally without injections or surgical intervention.  Doing something about it – addressing the issue head on, while it may be tough at first it will get a better result in the long run. 

Pro tip: Get it looked at by the experts at MOSS Rehabilitation Center.

Follow The 3-D’s to handle your issue and you can’t go wrong. 

Remember the KEY is to start so small that it is impossible to fail.

At MOSS Rehabilitation Center we make it easy for you to get started. We even have a simple 3 step process. 

1. Schedule a FREE NO Obligation, Discovery Visit with one of our experts. During this visit, you will talk with one of our friendly experts about your issues. This is a safe and confidential visit, you can trust that your safety and privacy is important to us. We are taking extra measures to ensure that you remain safe during this pandemic. 

2. Receive a Customized (Individualized) Treatment Plan. Based on your free discovery visit, we will put together a custom, unique to you plan that will address all of your nagging pains and issues. The goal is to get you back to your healthy self as soon as possible while also addressing your issues for the long term. 

3. Get Your Life Back and Do What You Love. The best result for us is a patient who tells us they can finally do what they love without the constant pain, stress, or issue they were facing. Together we can get you back to living life without worry. 

So what do the most successful people do when they have health concerns? They address their problem. 

NEXT ACTION: If you are really serious about showing your body who’s in control, call our office at  817-220-6677 today to schedule your FREE NO OBLIGATION Discovery Visit. 

To your health,
Dr. Robert Moss PT, ScD, OCS, FAAOMPT 

Get Your Life Back So You Can Do What You Love. Call Today!
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