Mobility and Balance

Take the first step towards improving your mobility and balance

With the help of physical therapy, you can improve your mobility and balance to improve your quality of life and reduce the risk of sustaining a painful injury. Various conditions, including accidents, arthritis, and nerve damage, can cause poor balance and mobility. 

Limited mobility can significantly impact your daily life by hindering your activities and keeping you from exercising, which may, in turn, worsen your condition. You may feel unable to engage in recreational activities or get out and about if you don’t feel steady on your feet. Ultimately, a lack of balance and mobility increases your risk of falling and injuring yourself. 

Learn more about Mobility and Balance

Mobility and balance therapy at Dr. Megan Mullin PT may include multiple treatments and techniques to restore mobility. Many people take a full range of motion for granted. For others, daily movements like walking or lifting things may be difficult due to weak muscles and poor balance. 

That’s where physical therapy comes in to strengthen the body, increase flexibility, and restore proper function. Physical therapy for mobility and balance can make it possible for you to enjoy an active lifestyle and reduce your risk of injury. These therapy treatments are often necessary for patients with decreased mobility due to age, injury, or a medical condition. Mobility PT may also be part of rehab after surgery.

Physical therapy for mobility and balance is not a cookie-cutter treatment. Your therapist at Dr. Megan Mullin PT will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine which systems in your body are causing the loss of coordination and then create a customized set of exercises to help improve your balance and mobility. In some cases, your therapist may also recommend manual therapy or other treatments to complement your mobility exercises.

Exercises for mobility are designed to increase muscle strength and improve balance. These exercises may include tandem walking with a heel-to-toe pattern, single-leg stance, or using specialized tools like Biomechanical Ankle Platforms (BAPs) and wobble boards. Your therapist will carefully walk you through each exercise and explain the science behind the movements. They will most likely instruct you to do these exercises regularly at home in between sessions, and commitment to this treatment plan is essential for a successful outcome. 

No matter what brings you to one of our physical therapy clinics for mobility and balance therapy, you can expect several benefits from the treatment. 

  • Strengthened muscles. Physical therapy helps increase your range of motion and strengthen your muscles, including your core and leg muscles. Strengthening your muscles makes it easier to move throughout the day, including tasks like climbing stairs.
  • Improved range of motion. For some, lack of mobility is severe enough to hinder certain movements and tasks. Part of regaining mobility is restoring a full range of motion in the affected area and the whole body.
  • Reduced risk of falls. Physical therapy can help reduce your risk of falling by improving your balance, strength, and coordination.
  • Faster recovery. Physical therapy can help speed up your recovery from injuries, surgery, or illness. It promotes healing, reduces pain and inflammation, and improves your overall function.
  • Improved quality of life. By improving your mobility and balance, physical therapy can help you enjoy a better quality of life. You’ll enjoy greater independence, confidence, and freedom to do the things you love.

Physical therapy for mobility typically involves balance and strengthening exercises. Depending on what condition you start in, you may feel a little tired or sore after performing these exercises the first few times. This should fade as you gain strength and your body adapts to the movements. Soon, you’ll feel stronger, steadier, and more flexible.

It takes time to strengthen your muscles, so mobility PT doesn’t have overnight results. You’ll likely need several sessions over at least one month to notice significant improvements. Additionally, once you do achieve greater mobility and balance from therapy, you’ll likely need to continue with regular exercise to maintain your body’s restored strength.

At Dr. Megan Mullin Physical Therapy, we believe in personalized, one-on-one therapy tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. Each of our doctors takes an individualized approach for every patient and every treatment. You can likely benefit from physical therapy if you’re struggling with poor balance and mobility.

Whether you’re recovering from an accident, stroke, prolonged illness, or surgery, our physical therapy treatments can help you maintain or restore as much function as possible. Additionally, we can help you get back to specific activities such as jogging, gardening, or climbing stairs through practice and adaptation. Don’t settle for poor balance and limited mobility. Let us help you get back to the things you love and a pain-free life!

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Take the Next Step

If you’re struggling with mobility and balance issues, Dr. Megan Mullin Physical Therapy is here to help. Our compassionate and experienced therapists are dedicated to helping you regain your independence, confidence, and quality of life through personalized physical therapy services. Schedule an appointment with us today and take the first step towards improving your mobility and balance.