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Vestibular/Balance Program
The vestibular system, located in the inner ear, provides information about the sense of balance for coordinating movement of the body.  The brain uses information from the vestibular system in the head and from proprioception throughout the body to understand the body's dynamics and kinematics including its position and acceleration.  Many factors can cause a disturbance in your balance system.  A common symptom of poor vestibular health is dizziness which can lead to falls.  Falls can lead to injury.  Through a specialized vestibular/balance program, we address the three components that determine balance and a healthy vestibular system.  

Vision/ Eye-Hand Coordination: is the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement, the processing of visual input to guide reaching and grasping along with the use of proprioception of the hands to guide the eyes.  Disturbances in vision can cause a disturbance in your sense of balance. 
Proprioception/ Body Awareness: is the sense of the body's position in space.  Body awareness has an impact on movement.  As we age we tend to move less giving our proprioceptive system less input.  This leads to a dulling of the system and a decrease in the sense of the body's position.  People often convey a sense of falling due to an inefficient proprioception system.
Vestibular System Health: As movements consist of rotations and translations, the vestibular system has two components: the semicircular canal system, which indicate rotational movements; and the otoliths, which indicate linear accelerations. The vestibular system sends signals primarily to the neural structures that control eye movements, and to the muscles that keep you upright. The projections in this system are required for clear vision as well as postural control, both of which are necessary to keep you upright.

Our Specialized Balance Program targets all three components for optimal fall risk reduction.