Balance assessments and treatment

Balance Assessments and Treatment                                                Balance assess 1

Balance is the ability to maintain your equilibrium over your base of support, for example your feet. If you are unable to maintain your balance in a seated or standing position, you are at higher risk of falls and therefore at higher risk for injury. Balance is complex as it requires input from several body systems including the somatosensory, proprioceptive, vestibular and visual systems. The information from all three systems is integrated and should result in the necessary balance reactions including activating the appropriate muscles to maintain your position against gravity
and not fall over. In different situations, a person will rely on certain systems more than others to give them information on how to maintain their balance.

Balance can be affected by many different conditions including stroke, Parkinson’s, aging, orthopedic injuries and over all de-conditioning. Your physiotherapist will use objective measurements to look at your static (fixed) and dynamic (in motion) balance in different postures and positions to determine the appropriate treatment approach for your individual situation.

Treatment may include:

  • recommending an appropriate walking aid (walker, cane, etc.)
  • practicing walking with or without an aid, indoors and outdoors and on different surfaces
  • functional mobility training (such as getting up from sitting)
  • strength exercises
  • postural/positioning exercises
  • activities to improve your balance reactions
  • static balance activities (for example standing on one foot, eyes closed, walking on uneven surfaces)
  • dynamic balance activities (for example sideways walking, walking a line)

Balance and Mobility Program

We offer a Balance and Mobility Program which is designed for ambulatory clients who mayor may not use walking aids, and are at risk of falling.

An individual initial assessment is completed by a physiotherapist to ensure that this is the right program for you. Once they establish that this program will meet your needs, the physiotherapist will use the information gathered from your assessment to design your exercise program. You will be working in a small group (4-5 people) on an individualized program focusing on balance, gait, strength, and flexibility.

The program is run by a registered physiotherapist with assistance from a rehabilitation assistant as needed. The Balance and Mobility program runs out of our clinic at 2081 Merivale Road (south of Hunt Club) and currently takes place Wednesday mornings.

For more information including the time of the class please call 613-680-6400 or email us at


This website provides general information about our services and various conditions. It is not intended to be used for self-assessment or treatment, and is not a substitute for an individualized treatment plan developed by a registered physiotherapist.