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Balance & Fall Prevention – How PAIN Affects Your Balance

Balance & Fall Prevention – How PAIN Affects Your Balance

The presence of pain, such as hip pain, ankle pain or low back/sciatic pain, is one of the MOST overlooked factors related to improving your balance and reducing the likelihood of having a fall.

In this video, I’ll explain exactly how pain can throw off your balance, and I’ll also explain what you can do to reduce your pain and improve your balance, so you can stay active, mobile and independent!

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3-Step Approach to Eliminate Vertigo (BPPV)

3-Step Approach to Eliminate Vertigo (BPPV)

The first blog/video in this series was all about vertigo, particularly “inner ear vertigo” or BPPV (Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo).

Click this link if you want to see the first part: https://www.gordonphysicaltherapy.com/what-causes-vertigo-all-about-bppv/

In this second part, I’m going to share some specific information about how we help our clients fix BPPV quickly in the clinic by following a 3-step approach.

Before I give you those details, recall that BPPV has some very telling symptoms: people tend to have sudden and often severe episodes of vertigo following certain head movements or position changes (like tipping the head back, bending forward, getting in and out of bed, and rolling over in bed).

If this sounds like you or a loved one, the information below should be very helpful!

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3 Steps to Maintain Balance & Avoid a Fall

3 Steps to Maintain Balance & Avoid a Fall

While there are multiple factors that affect your ability to maintain your balance and prevent a fall, it’s nice to look at the bigger picture before diving into the details.

And when it comes to maintaing balance, you can basically break it down into 3 things that you must do:

Sense your balance in relationship to your environment
Process this information via your brain
Respond and make necessary corrections

Each step involves various factors, which I’ll cover briefly in today’s video.

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Balance & Fall Prevention for Parkinson’s Disease

On 4-28-18, I had the pleasure of presenting this information at the HOPE conference for Parkinson’s Disease.

The presentation includes a variety of information about how to improve balance and mobility, as well as some specific information about Parkinson’s Disease.

If you have any more specific questions about balance, mobility and fall prevention, or questions about specific exercises for Parkinson’s, feel free to email me at Luke@GordonPhysicalTherapy.com

Enjoy!

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Parkinson’s Disease – Introduction to “TRAP”

Parkinson’s Disease – Introduction to “TRAP”

Today, we’re going to talk about Parkinson’s Disease (PD), as well as the common characteristics we see in patients with PD.

As a general introduction, we use the acronym “TRAP” to describe the most common changes in movement patterns:

I explain everything in detail in the video above, but here’s a quick overview of TRAP:
• T = Tremors
• R = Rigidity
• A = Akinesia
• P = Posture

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