Physical Therapy Services at Western Michigan University are provided by licensed physical therapists and faculty while serving as a teaching facility for graduate physical therapy students.
Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on-care and patient education. Physical Therapy will include a personalized treatment plan to help patients improve mobility, manage pain and other chronic conditions, recover from injury and prevent future injury and chronic disease.
If you had surgery or are recovering from an illness or injury, physical therapy can assist to improve physical functioning in order to maximize independence.
WMU Physical Therapy Services currently offered:
Balance and Falls Risk Assessments
The balance and fall risk assessment service at the Unified Clinics provides a computerized posturography (CP), cognitive assessment, and a series of fall risk tests. The assessment takes a little over an hour and is provided for individuals 6 years and older. We are now accepting new clients for this fall 2020 free of charge. Contact the Unified Clinics at (269) 387-7223 for more information.
Fall Prevention Program
A Matter of Balance – A Matter of Balance is an 8-week group program focusing on strategies to reduce fall risks and increase activity levels and balance. It is designed to benefit older adults who are concerned about falls, have sustained falls in the past, restrict activities because of concerns about falling, are interested in improving flexibility, balance and strength, and are age 60 or older, community-dwelling and able to problem solve.
If you are interested or know someone over 60 who would benefit from this program, contact the WMU Unified Clinics for registration at (269) 387-7223. Class is limited to 8-12 clients.
Health Outcomes and Evidence Supporting Health Outcomes
After completing A Matter of Balance:
- 97% of participants are more comfortable talking about fear of falling
- 97% feel comfortable increasing activity
- 99% plan to continue exercising
- 98% would recommend MOB