SJMC Balance Center Keeps North Olmsted Woman in the Game

From Soccer Mom to Soccer Grandma…..

Kaye Becker receives guidance from Michele Hippler Brant PT, DPT, Outpatient Lead Therapist at the St. John Medical Center Balance Center.

Kaye Becker receives guidance from Michele Hippler Brant PT, DPT, Outpatient Lead Therapist at the St. John Medical Center Balance Center.

Kaye Becker of North Olmsted is one of the area’s original soccer moms.

Back in the ‘70’s, Kaye and husband Bud were instrumental in founding the North Olmsted Soccer Organization (NOSO) and the annual NOSO Cup International Tournament.

Now 76, a fall at home this year had Kaye worried that her role – now as a soccer grandma – was coming to an end.

“I fell. I wasn’t hurt, but I was getting afraid to go out anymore. I wondered what would happen to me if I fell again,” she said.

With the right help from the St. John Medical Center Balance Center, Kaye has regained her confidence and is getting back in the game.

“I hated to give up the things I love to do,” she said. Her primary care physician recommended the course of therapy at the Balance Center.

Kaye had her balance issues diagnosed by the Center’s NeuroCom Balance Manager System – computer-based high tech equipment that offers a three phased approach to identifying the cause of the problem and giving individuals the tools they need to maintain an active lifestyle.

With the help of the NeuroCom equipment – where Kaye stands in a booth supported by a harness and completes objectives that look like she is playing a video game with her feet – she has made remarkable progress.

“Therapy like this allows people to maintain the quality of life they want and their ability to keep doing the things they like to do,” explains Michele Hippler Brant PT, DPT, Outpatient Lead Therapist. “Improved balance is also an excellent preventive health measure as it helps protect patients from potentially dangerous falls.”

Kaye’s NeuroCom therapy is augmented with physical therapy at the clinic and exercises she can do at home.

“A lot of the problem is that people just don’t practice their balance,” said Hippler Brant. “As things get worse, it becomes a vicious cycle.

“When you have a balance problem and make an investment in your health, that prevents more medical costs down the line.”

“I didn’t want to not be able to do what I want to do,” said Kaye. “But I was having trouble even standing in the shower. No one ever said what was wrong with me. They just said to use a cane.”

For patients like Kaye Becker, the Balance Center at St. John Medical Center means the difference between becoming a happy soccer grandma or sitting on the sidelines after a lifetime of being one of our area’s leading soccer moms.

“I even get out of the car differently now,” says Kaye confidently.

The St. John Medical Center Balance Center is located at 26908 Detroit Road, Suite 300, in Westlake. Please phone (440) 414-6050 to learn more.

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