Brain and Spine Specialty Care

Movement Disorders and Exercise for Balance Problems

Movement disorder specialists at Ascension sites of care offer exercises to help improve your balance problems.

About Movement Disorders and Exercise for Balance Problems

Preventing falls from balance problems

Clumsiness, muscle weakness and shaky hand tremors are some of the warning signs of a balance problem. Our doctors listen to understand you. We evaluate if your balance problem is a symptom of a nervous system disorder. Having a movement disorder may affect how well you talk, swallow, write or walk. Our doctors, physical therapists and speech therapists work with you to create a care plan with treatments and therapies to help manage pain and other symptoms from neurologic conditions, including:

  • Ataxia, degenerative nervous system disease
  • Dystonia, muscles that contract uncontrollably
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Parkinson’s disease (PD)
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Tics and Tourette syndrome
  • Tremors and essential tremor

Exercise programs to help with stiffness and other symptoms

Our exercise specialists help guide you through activities that match your comfort and ability. At some of our Ascension sites of care, we offer senior fitness programs, including Yoga and Tai chi. Our exercise classes help strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility. We focus on movements to help prevent injuries from falling. We also help you relax and reduce muscle stiffness using body awareness exercises, controlled motions and breathing.

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