Occupational Therapy for Postural Instability

Common Difficulties associated with Postural Instability

Postural instability refers to difficulty maintaining an upright position and balance. This can be associated with various conditions and situations, and common difficulties include:

Muscle Weakness

Joint Problems

Neurological Disorders

Vestibular Disorders

Visual Impairments

Foot Problems

Environmental Factors

Orthostatic Hypotension


Cognitive Impairment

How can Occupational Therapy help?

Occupational therapy (OT) can play a crucial role in addressing postural instability by focusing on improving an individual's ability to perform daily activities and participate in meaningful occupations. Here are several ways in which occupational therapy can help with postural instability:

Assessment and Evaluation

Environmental Modifications

Adaptive Equipment

   Occupational therapists can suggest and provide training on the use of assistive devices and adaptive equipment. This might include walkers, canes, or other mobility aids that enhance stability and safety during daily activities.

Balance Training

Functional Mobility Training

Strength and Flexibility Exercises

Education and Body Mechanics

Sensory Integration Techniques

Cognitive Strategies

Home Exercise Programs