Freedom From Falls

Freedom from Falls Program in Port Charlotte, FL

Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center Promotes Balance

Do feel like you are one fall away from a disaster?

Are you having close calls and losing your balance?

Do you have a history of falls and are worried about the next big one?

Are you concerned that your friends and family will need to care for you if you injure yourself in a fall?

Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy and Balance Center has heard the calls of the community and we are rolling out our solution with our land-based balance program Freedom from Falls. Our Freedom from Falls Program entails a cutting edge and scientifically backed balance training program that is designed to target the three balance centers of your body; your eyes, ears, and feet.

With the Freedom From Falls Program you can:

  • Stay home as long as you desire and age in place
  • Stay out of the hospital and nursing home
  • Give your friends and family peace of mind
  • Restore your confidence and hope for a healthy future
  • Give you a stronger body, better balance and improved endurance for everyday activities

According to the National Council on Aging, the occurrence of falls in those 65 years or older is staggering:

One in four Americans over 65 fall each year.

Every 11 seconds, an older adult receives treatment in the emergency room for a fall

Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies due to falls

Falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.

Falls result in more than 2.8 million injuries treated in emergency departments annually, including over 800,000 hospitalizations and more than 27,000 deaths.

In 2015, the total cost of fall injuries was $50 billion. Medicare and Medicaid shouldered 75 percent of these costs.

The financial toll for older adult falls is expected to increase as the population ages and may reach $67.7 billion by the year 2020.

The National Council on Aging also shows that falls, with or without injury, heavily impact the victim’s quality of life. Because of fear of falling, older adults limit their activities and social engagements. This isolation can result in “further physical decline, depression, social isolation, and feelings of helplessness.”

The Importance of Balance

According to VeDA, balance is the ability to maintain the body’s center of mass over its base of support.” Balance systems help people to see clearly while moving, identify orientation with respect to gravity, helps to determine direction and movement, and to adjust and maintain posture and stability without fear of falls.

Sensorimotor systems control balance, including vision, proprioception, and the vestibular system, along with integration of that sensory input; and motor output to the eye and body muscles. These systems can falter because of injury, drugs, aging, or disease, along with various psychological factors that can through off balance. Freedom Rehab Aquatic Therapy’s Freedom from Falls Program address the three main balance centers of the body: sight, touch, and the vestibular system.

Solutions from the Freedom from Falls Program

The Freedom from Falls program can provide the following solutions to our patients:

  • Improves balance, steadiness
  • Reduces light headedness and dizziness
  • Reduces the fear of falling
  • Decreases pain associated with walking
  • Increases independence with activities of daily living and makes your home environment safer

    The Physical therapist will use a combination of hands on techniques, carefully supervised balance exercises and review home safety elements

The goal of the program is to:

  • Retrain and tune up the balance system
  • Educate caregivers, patients and loved ones on home safety and home therapy
  • Improve safety in walking to help make every step a safe and secure step.

Why Do People Have Balance Trouble and Unsteady Walking?

Balance issues can stem from many health issues, including, but not limited to:

  • Vestibular (inner ear problems)
  • Stroke or brain injury
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Decreased sensation in the feet (neuropathy)
  • Eye disorders
  • Blood pressure changes
  • Certain medications