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Balance Training/Fall Prevention

We especially like working on balance with the elderly simply because it is a skill that many of us can keep and actually improve during our adult life.

Have you ever lost your footing on wet or icy pavement sending your heart into high gear?  If you have, then you know how frightening losing your balance can be. Ordinarily we take our balance for granted, but it is an important and vital part of our daily life.  As many as 28% to 45% of those over 62 fall each year.  Even though our balance will decline as we age, balance exercises and balance training can limit the loss or actually improve our performance.  At GLPT, it is our pleasure everyday to work with west Michigan seniors.  We especially like working on balance with the senior population because it is so rewarding to see the effects of improved balance on the quality of life for our patients.  Balance is skill that many of us can keep and improve well into our adult life.  Often we hear something like, “I wish I would have come here sooner.”

What our patients are saying...

I’ve been to physical therapy for various injuries in the past and I had a pretty negative opinion of the effectiveness of Physical Therapy, I felt it was mostly required by the insurance industry to get you to quit so they would get out of paying for a needed surgery. That was my opinion until recently.  After a shoulder injury, I was sent to Great Lakes by my family doctor. I went along to play the game so eventually I could get a referral to an orthopedic surgeon. My experience with the staff at Great Lakes has completely changed my opinion on Physical Therapy. Everything about this practice has been positive from the way the practice is run to the treatment by the therapists themselves. They are much more attentive and hands on than any other experience I’ve had. I can actually see and feel the benefits I’ve received from their treatment. I would, and have, highly recommended them to family and friends.

- Gilbert P.