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A Balancing Act

Fyzical Sets the Bar High for a Different Approach to Physical Therapy

Article by Nicole Browning

Photography by Matthew J Capps Business Image Services

Originally published in Loveland Lifestyle

When it comes to health, cutting corners is never an option. So if you’re looking for a physical therapy office, you’re bound to want someplace as unique as you, who can offer the proper healthcare you need and deliver an above-and-beyond experience. Fyzical Therapy and Balance Center does all that and more. With state-of-the-art equipment, a stunning facility, and a highly trained staff dedicated to providing the best treatment plan for you, Fyzical is the obvious choice.

But what really sets Fyzical apart from the rest? Not only do they offer traditional physical therapy, they also have a strong focus on vestibular (the sensory organs in your ear that greatly affect your spatial awareness) and balance therapy. For many seniors and others with physical challenges, vestibular and balance therapy can offer a better quality of life for those who are at risk of falling. 

“Fyzical is spelled different because we are different. While we have trained therapists ready to treat all forms of PT needs for all ages, Fyzical’s unique focus on balance takes a whole different approach to treatment—we’re looking at the root cause of why people are hurting, and more than that, focusing on the fall risk issues,” promises Kimberly Rippe, owner of Fyzical Loveland. And it was exactly this side of Fyzical that inspired Kimberly, along with her husband, Joe, to bring Fyzical to the area. 

“We looked at more than 30 different franchises—when it came down to it, we wanted to start a business that would help people and give back to the community we’re in. Not just in making people feel better, but helping them to feel more independent and boost their confidence.”

With the use of their high-tech harness system, Fyzical offers balance and fall-risk patients independence, allowing them to feel more stable while they follow their treatment plan and get back to optimal health quickly. For their daily activities and exercises, vestibular and balance patients work in harnesses that are attached to a rail system in the ceiling of the office. “It’s in the shape of the letter ‘E’ so patients can be on the treadmill, doing hurdles or steps, walking, or going through everyday motions while harnessed in,” Kimberly explains. 

There’s more—the physical therapists who come to Fyzical receive special vestibular and balance training, too, so each patient is being treated by the best of the best in the balance field. And because Fyzical is an independent, locally owned franchise, Kimberly emphasizes how they personalize each individual’s care. “We can cater to what their doctors really want them working on, or what that person’s goals are … like getting ready to dance for a wedding, getting back on a sports field, being able to go out again, to not feel like they have to hold on to things every few steps.”

Who Can Benefit from Balance Therapy?
And more importantly, who should be treated? That depends. “Balance issues can happen at any age,” Kimberly notes. “We see a lot of vertigo and concussion patients, Parkinson’s patients, and post-chemo patients, since chemotherapy can really offset balance.” So while typically many seniors may be at risk of falling, there isn’t one specific person who fits the bill, outside the parameters of experiencing symptoms of imbalance.

So what are the warning signs everyone should be looking out for—in both themselves and loved ones? There are a few: having trouble walking, be it with balancing, taking short or narrow steps, or problems with curbs are all indicators. So is losing feeling in your feet, or medication that causes light-headedness or drowsiness. Being advised to use a cane or walker could also suggest you might benefit from balance therapy. Other common symptoms can include vertigo, imbalance, or feeling like you are tilting or going to fall. Light-headedness and motion sickness—which can be identified if wooziness, fogginess and even an irritated stomach are present—can also be signs that your balance could use some fine-tuning.

Best of all, if you or a loved one have noticed any of these symptoms, Fyzical offers free consultations to get you started on the road to a better and balanced life.

Fyzical.com/Loveland-Miamiville | 784 Loveland-Miamiville Rd, Loveland | 513.774.3600

BENEFITS GALORE
What You’ll Gain From Fyzical’s Balance Therapy

  1. Regain Independence + Confidence
    By using the harness system, Fyzical patients get to work through everyday actions in a safe and practical way—this helps grow your confidence, promoting independence throughout other aspects of life outside of the PT office.
  2. Increase Strength and Agility
    Throughout balance therapy, you’re bolstering the muscles of your nervous system, in turn strengthening the rest of your body. With this new strength, you’ll also see your agility grow, which means better coordination, allowing you to be more efficient and work quickly. 
  3. Joint Stability
    While doing balance and vestibular therapy exercise, you strengthen your muscles, which in turn helps to stabilize and promote better joint health. With the promotion of general posture and strength, you’ll find your neck, hips, ankles, knees and shoulders all benefiting from balance therapy.
  4. Greater Coordination
    As your whole body gets stronger with balance therapy, it allows everything to work harmoniously. You’ll find you have better control of your body and its actions—and better coordination in your daily movements.
  • Physical Therapist Ruby
  • Physical Therapist Ruby

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