Balance, Dizziness and Falls

Balance and walking problems can result from orthopedic conditions, concussions from sports, neurological disorders, or a number of injuries that involve the joints, muscles, and nerves. At FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers of  CT our therapists take a whole-body approach to consider whether issues with the spine, hip, knee or feet contribute to imbalances, and they provide intensive one-on-one care to help you achieve the greatest independence possible.

Our world renowned balance program focuses on strength, endurance, motion, gait training and coordination for safe walking and preventing falls. If you need the assistance of a cane or walker, FYZICAL therapists will match you with the appropriate device and provide training for safety.  At FYZICAL, our therapists realize how important balance and walking is for independent living, as well as for work activities, exercise, sports and enjoying life in general.

That’s why we provide a range of programs and therapies to evaluate and treat balance disorders:

• Assessment and Evaluation Programs      • Difficulty Walking
• Gait Training and Balance Programs         • Fall Prevention and Balance Retraining
• Manual and Massage Therapy                    • Fitness and Wellness Programs
• Vestibular Rehab                                           • Functional Training

New Dizziness & Balance Technology

New video goggles are used during the Dix-Hallpike test for diagnosis of BPPV and during canalith repositioning for the treatment of BPPV.  It allows us to watch your eye movements while we treat your dizziness.  It is the most comprehensive way to treat BPPV.   Fyzical CT has the diagnostic tools to assist in your rapid recovery from BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo).

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Dizziness and Balance Technology Goggles at Fyzical CT of Bristol and Southington
Video Goggles used during the Dix-Hallpike Text

FYZICAL® Safety Overhead Support System (SOS)

The Safety Overhead Support benefits your progress and helps improve overall function when you have a balance issue or you are dizzy.

Our goal for patients is to allow you to regain the strength and confidence that will help you to Love Your Life!

FYZICAL® Safety Overhead Support System (SOS)

FYZICAL® Therapy & Balance Center locations are equipped with the Safety Overhead Support system allowing the best training with:

  • Walking forward
  • Walking backwards
  • Standing or walking with eyes open or eyes closed
  • Standing or walking over uneven surfaces
  • Maneuvering steps or cones to mimic curbs
  • The list is endless!

Once we remove the ABILITY to fall, you are able to challenge yourself without fear and recognize your true limitations and gain confidence.  One you are able to gain your confidence, you will be able to progress at a MUCH FASTER rate than training with the support of a gait belt and therapist.

Did you know these facts about falls, dizziness and balance?
  • 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year
  • In patients over 75, imbalance is the #1 reason for a doctor visit
  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions
  • Falls are the #1 cause of fractures
  • Falls account for 40% of all nursing home admissions
  • At least half of the overall United States population is affected by a balance or vestibular disorder sometime during their lives.
  • Approximately 15 out of every 1000 individuals consult their family physician each year with complaints of vertigo, dizziness, or imbalance; half the individuals over the age of 65 will develop positional vertigo.
  • Of all falls suffered by the elderly, 50% are reported to be the result of vestibular.
  • Many cases of dizziness are actually neurological.
  • In approximately 15% of vestibular patients, the cause cannot be recognized.
  • Vestibular dysfunction is a prominent part of balance disorders, particularly in the elderly, and is a significant source of morbidity.
  • It has been estimated that 65% of individuals older than 60 years of age experience dizziness or loss of balance, often on a daily basis.
  • Dizziness is a common symptom affecting about 30% of people over the age of 65.
  • Approximately 12.5 million Americans over the age of 65 have a dizziness or balance problem that significantly interferes with their lives.
  • In the US, the estimated cost of medical care for patients with balance disorders exceeds $1 billion annually.
  • Dizziness can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in elderly persons, in whom it often represents dysfunction in more than one body system.