I HAVE FALLEN BUT NOW I CAN GET UP! - Arizona Republic, August 2014
Ruby Deimel, is a 73 year old Scottsdale resident who is adoringly known as Skooter. When you meet her, you cannot miss her smile, it lights up the room. But life has not always been a ray of sunshine for Skooter. During the past several years, Skooter has had to deal with debilitating pain levels and a reduced ability to walk. Her condition was continuing to decline despite her best attempts to resolve it. Then things got even worse at the beginning of 2014 when Skooter fell. Many people over the age of 65 are terrified of falling and justifiably so - falls account for 87% of hip fractures and 300,000 hospital admissions each year. Dr. Annie Fairbanks, of Macrotherapy, states that, “Correct training can reduce falls and the associated injuries of falls by 45%.” The underlying cause of many falls is poor balance, which is often the result of a combination of three physical issues: visual deterioration, vestibular (position of the head) dysfunction and motor system decay. “Often what is ignored is that the three systems work together and need to be trained together, if you are going to positively affect balance,” says Dr. Fairbanks
Skooter will tell you that she now feels decreased pain, and is stronger, more balanced and experiences increased function since she has been working with Macrotherapy. “It has been more than 15 years since I felt this healthy,” she says. Her therapy program includes postural correction which will restore the proper center of gravity. This includes training the posterior chain of muscles while also including eye and head movement in particular patterns. Restoring the muscle system with the visual and vestibular system will improve reaction time as well as improve general strength, which will provide a long-term solution for Skooter. Macrotherapy begins its process by providing an extensive functional evaluation that is a cornerstone of its programs. Skooter’s entire treatment process has been 100% customized for her specific needs and level of function.
The operators of Macrotherapy promote the possibility of quality function at any age and their services specifically target the contributing factors to falls and poor balance. Macrotherapy accepts all major insurances, including MEDICARE. Macrotherapy is located at 11000 North Scottsdale Road, Suite #200, Scottsdale and you reach them at 602-308-8383.