A local physical therapy clinic is inviting residents to "fight the fall with FYZICAL" on Saturday.
FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers, 512 E. Columbus Ave., Corry, will host a Fall Prevention Open House tomorrow from 1 to 3 p.m. in an attempt to avert falls in the region. FYZICAL's west Erie clinic will also hold an open house on Saturday from 10 a.m to noon.
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for older Americans, and one-third of Americans ages 65 and up fall each year, according to the National Council on Aging and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
"Falls do not have to be a normal part of aging and can be prevented. If you or a loved one want to reduce the risk of falling or find relief from dizziness, join FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers to help fight the fall," said Christopher Bailey, a doctor of physical therapy and owner of FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers.
The open houses are free to attend and will include a balance presentation, strength testing and balance competition. The winners of the balance competition will receive a free 30-minute massage.
All open house attendees are encouraged to tour the facility, meet the staff and register to win two tickets to the Erie Otters' home opener on Sept. 20. The ticket winners will be announced Monday, Sept. 16, and light refreshments will be provided at both events.
Bailey, who is a balance-certified physical therapist, will be educating members of the community on what is new for treating balance, preventing falls and improving dizziness starting around 1:30 p.m.
Bailey's presentation will focus on making the attendees aware of the different causes and diagnoses that people may have based on their symptoms. It will also give them information on how FYZICAL treats said variety of symptoms and diagnoses, as well as the latest techniques and treatments on improving balance and preventing falls.
The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session where attendees can inquire about treatment techniques, symptoms they've been experiencing, timeline of therapy and health insurance regarding physical therapy.
After the presentation, FYZICAL's hands-on testing and evaluation stations will be available for people to try out as a way to judge a plan of care for each person.
The Corry clinic of FYZICAL held a similar event for National Fall Prevention month last year, but this will be the first time its Erie clinic has had the opportunity to do so since it just opened its doors in late January. Both clinics have also had a few seminars for educating the community on areas of treatment they provide.
In addition to balance retraining and fall prevention, FYZICAL's areas of expertise include orthopedic rehabilitation, sports rehabilitation, deep tissue LASER therapy, workers' compensation, auto accident injuries, fitness, massage therapy and concussions.
For any more information about FYZICAL or its open house, call the Corry clinic at 814-664-9346.