Balance and Falls Specialist in Dallas

Video Transcript

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Hi, I’m Dr. Jeffrey Guild with p Physical Therapy and wellness. And I’m a balance and follow specialist in Dallas. Optimove Physical Therapy and wellness is a mobile physical therapy practice that brings balance and falls specialty to you, the client. And the reason we do that is because oftentimes our clients who are suffering with balance problems and possibly even dizziness problems are having problems getting out of the house.timiveve

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They’re having problems with independence, with mobility. So the best place to work with our clients is in the comfort and safety of their own home. And it’s also where we get the best source of information about their true living environment and the things they want to get back to doing in their lives. If they want to be able to walk around the block, if they want to be able to walk up the stairs again, if it’s stepping out of the front door, those challenges can be very big for people.

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Sometimes. And being able to work with them in their environment to be able to work on balance and falls in that way is very beneficial. And of course for the therapist as well, because that’s what we enjoy doing. If you or someone you know is suffering with a bouncing ball problem, then you might notice a big change in the person’s life.

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Overall, they’re not able to get out and do the things that they want to be able to do or they’re not doing the things that they once did. They may not be as socially active as they used to be. They may not be as engaging as they used to be. You might notice that they’re staying in their home a lot more and not choosing to go out with friends and family as much.

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And that change in lifestyle often results in a continued decline in their life and their physical abilities as well. And then it affects their physical abilities and then there’s that downward spiral in their daily life as well and their interaction with their friends and family. So a problem with balance can make a major impact on someone’s life. And the reality is you don’t have to put up with it.

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There are solutions for this because there are very specific reasons for a balance problem. And oftentimes there are many, many different reasons that all add up together. It’s not just one reason. It’s oftentimes many reasons that all accumulate together. And that’s why finding a balance specialist can be quite difficult, because a true balance specialist is going to be able to piece together all the different things that are causing a person to have a balance problem.

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It might be a combination of their main central balance system or their vestibular system. It could be medications. It could be the fact that they don’t feel their legs in space like they once did. And this could have started many, many years ago because of a back problem. For instance, a lot of these things accumulate slowly over time.

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It could be that their strength isn’t what it used to be. It could be because of a hip weakness problem that’s causing the walk to be off. Or they’re just generally walking slower, not as confident as they used to be, or flexibility problems. They’re also slowing them down and that continues to lead to continued problems. And they’re walking and then affects their balance and then affects their balance system.

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So all these things can go together that affects someone’s balance. So it’s oftentimes several causes are leading to a balance problem. So you need someone who knows exactly what they’re doing, who has seen this thousands and thousands of times and 1000, which ways to build to find the root cause of the balance problem. And so that way the balance problem can be addressed with specific solutions and very specific interventions geared towards the individual person.

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Because let’s face it, if we’re working with someone who’s 93 years old, the solution might be quite different from someone who is 75. There are certain realities that exist where a specialist is going to be able to work with either the 95 year old or the 75 year old just as easily because it takes that specialist who’s experienced so many different people, so many different times that they just know, okay, I know how to work with this person in a way that will set them up for success rather than failure.

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Because we cannot treat everybody the same. We have to treat people as individuals. We have to meet the person where they are at and work with them in the way that we know will set them up for success. No suffering with a balance problem. It can come on very gradually where you just barely notice it until you attend Thanksgiving or Christmas.

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Family members start noticing or you have a sudden fall, or you’re just noticing that you’re more hesitant than you used to be. And so this is how balance problems can come on slowly. Or it may have been kind of one big event that made you fearful, or it might be one big event that makes the person fearful, apprehensive, or changes the physical abilities in some way.

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Maybe there was a hip fracture or a leg fracture that resulted in the surgery and now the person’s having a balance problem after one fall or after an accident. So there can be all sorts of things that happened. Maybe it was a hospitalization or a certain medical event happened where the person’s not moving as much, they’re not as mobile as much, they’re lying on their back more.

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And so as a result, their balance declines quite significant only because of hospitalization or medical intervention. So what to do when there’s a problem with balance or even if there is a fall and the first fall is the perfect time to begin to intervene. So a fall is a cry for help. It’s a warning. Says there is a problem here that we need to address.

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So what to do about it? The first thing to do is act and act quickly. So we know by the interactions with our clients that if we intervene early and swiftly and work with them as individuals, find the cause and develop specific solutions, then people can actually begin to thrive after a fall, because the fall is the warning that basically says, Hey, there’s something wrong.

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So what was going wrong may have been accumulating over two, three, five years and now the fall happens. Now we have the specialist on it that can intervene, engage, communicate with the other health care providers, talk to the doctor, talk to the family. And now we’re able to intervene and figure out what the problem was and then build again that quickly.

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And that’s the key to solving a problem. When someone has had a fall act early specific solutions, specific interventions, and then empowering the person to ramp back up to going back to the things they want to be able to do in their life again. And they can achieve amazing physical gains that they have achieved possibly sometimes even five, ten years, in one case, even 60 years.

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We had a client who could look up again. Now, you may have commonly heard that with balance problems or fall problems, that this just comes with age or this is inevitable. Or you might see your friends or others around you that are beginning to fall. They’re ending up in nursing homes. They’re beginning to just stay in their house a lot more.

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They’re now socially interactive and engaging, and it can seem inevitable for yourself as well. So I want to throw out the idea of don’t accept that, don’t accept that because I am of a certain age or because it’s just my time. This is inevitable. Don’t accept that bounce and falls do not have to be a part of your life.

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You can intervene quickly and solve these problems ahead of time, and that’s the best way to solve the problem. So the best tip I can give you is if you’re noticing that you’re beginning to have a problem with your balance, or maybe if your furniture walking, you’re touching countertops and walls and things like that as you’re walking around the house or you’ve already had a fall or two and you’re just talking up to a random event, begin to question things more and begin to act, intervene early.

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Talk to your doctor, talk to any health care provider that you talk with and seek out a balance specialist. And it’s a very good fit balance specialist that is going to be able to find the specific cause. And then, Bill, to provide the specific, appropriate solution based on you as an individual. So where Optimove physical and wellness can help you or someone you know, if you’re having a problem with balance and falls or if you’ve been falling.

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There is hope if you are having trouble with balance and falls. Optimove Physical Therapy and Wellness specialize in helping patients gain control of their lives. Getting older is not an excuse.

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Matt Langford

Physical Therapist

Hi there! I'm Dr. Matt Langford. I have been working as a physical therapist in DFW for three years. My wife, our golden doodle named Birdie, and I love to spend our time going on different adventures whether it be hiking the Trinity trail or traveling to new places. I also love playing golf, pickleball, and serving at our local church in Fort Worth. My goals in life include learning more about the field of physical therapy so I can provide better care to individuals, pursuing my faith in a way that helps others know about Christ, and making as many memories as I can.

Kasondra Woodruff

Client Liaison

Kasondra is a mother and a pet lover, she loves spending time outdoors with her children and furry friends. With years of experience in client relations, her passion is ensuring that every client is heard and taken care of. As our Client Liaison, Kasondra takes pride in building strong relationships with our clients, ensuring that their needs are met and that they feel comfortable and confident throughout their time with us.

Jason Livas

Physical Therapy

Jason joined the Optimove team November 2023. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012 followed by an Associate of Applied Science in Physical Therapy from Navarro College in 2019.
Jason’s clinical interests include neuromuscular training for healthy aging and longevity of the older adult, orthopedic rehabilitation and strength and conditioning. Jason also maintains certifications as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and trigger point dry needling (Cert DN).
Outside of work, Jason enjoys cooking, reading, strength training and spending time with his beautiful wife and kids.

Connie Thomason

Occupational Therapist

Connie holds a Master of Occupational Therapy from Texas Woman’s University (1997) and boasts over 26 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist. Her expertise lies primarily in neurological rehabilitation within a hospital-based outpatient setting. Throughout her career, Connie has worked across various healthcare settings including Acute, SubAcute, Skilled Nursing, and In-Patient Rehab.
Her specialization in Vestibular Rehabilitation since 2005 has equipped her to effectively treat a wide array of conditions, including BPPV, Vestibular Migraine, Meniere’s Disease, acute and chronic hypofunction, Acoustic Neuroma, PPPD, balance disorders, central vestibular disorders, concussion, and Superior Canal Dehiscence.
Connie holds numerous certifications, including the 360 Neuro Health Certificate of Competency in Vestibular Rehab, Emory University Vestibular Rehabilitation Competency-Based Course, 360 Neuro Health V2FIT for concussion, Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT) BIG for Parkinson’s patients, Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT) for stroke patients, and NASM Corrective Exercise certification. She is also certified in the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA).
Active in professional communities, Connie is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Vestibular Disorders Association.
Outside of her professional endeavors, Connie enjoys spending time with her husband of 30 years, along with their two rescued bulldogs. Her hobbies include riding motorcycles, traveling, running, painting, and reading extensively about health, wellness, and vestibular research.

Andy Altmoyer

Operations Manager

Andy grew up as part of a military family, living all over the country and abroad. He is so glad to have finally landed back in Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies Education, minoring in Vocal Music and Theater from West Liberty University in West Virginia. Since then he has used his outgoing nature, education background, and organizational skills in healthcare management and operations. When he isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his family and dogs, reading Marvel comics, and cooking.
During Andy’s first venture into healthcare, while living in Ohio, he worked for a practice focused on Orthopedics where he spent time managing their Physical Therapy front desk across multiple locations as well as being a group fitness instructor for seniors, folks with special needs, and those who have had total join replacements. It’s here that he realized his deep love of helping people navigate the healthcare system and connecting them with those can meet their mobility needs.
Sad to leave that company after over 7 years, Andy and his family moved to Dallas where Andy spent 3 years as Operations Manager for a large Neurology practice. He continued helping people connect with top tier healthcare providers, navigating the pandemic, and moving the practice’s location in stride. It was during this time that Andy met Dr. Guild. The Optimove Team became a favored referral source for some of the physicians on staff and Andy got to work with their team closely as they coordinated care for the patients.
This collaboration led to Andy joining the Optimove Team in August of 2021. Andy has a unique blend of experiences not only professionally but personally as well. He has been able to assist so many people reach the correct providers to have their needs met and provides valuable insight to the workings of the healthcare system at large and how to make it work better for our clients. This also comes from helping his mother navigate worker’s compensation and disability as well as assisting his family setting up his grandparents with memory care, assisted living, physical therapy, and other services. Andy has often been quoted as saying, “I may not be the one laying the healing hands but connecting folks to the right people who can help them makes me feel like I’m a part of something great and makes me feel good.”
Andy would like to be a part of your journey towards independence and wellness. He loves getting to know our clients and being one of their biggest cheerleaders throughout their journeys. Give him a call and take the first steps to achieving your goals.

Peter Langlois

Physical Therapy

Peter keeps our clients laughing, and the whole Optimove Team as well. Hand-picked by Jeffrey from their previous rehabilitation work, when he is not being “The Joint Whisperer” and making the seemingly impossible happen, Peter is MacGyvering up some gadget for our clients to help them move better.
Peter is originally from Rhode Island. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Rhode Island where his first career was as a ship captain, where he travelled the world and experienced many different cultures. Peter later developed a passion for physical therapy from his running career as a long distance runner doing marathons and ultramarathons. This led him to switch careers as he wanted to learn more about injury prevention and rehab. Peter has worked in various facilities over the last 8 years as a therapist throughout the metroplex including skilled nursing, outpatient orthopedics, and home health. He now enjoys working with our clients on various movement disorders, gait mechanics and balance issues. In his spare time Peter enjoys chopping wood and going for long trail runs with his family.

Jeffrey R. Guild, PT, DPT, (Former CSCS)

Owner, Therapist

When Dr. Jeffrey Guild is not working as business owner and clinician, he is dedicating time to his wife and children. His other hobbies include working out (Mainly in the weight room), music (Listening, playing, & researching), history, science, and studying business and successful people.
Jeffrey is originally from Bettendorf, Iowa and went to The University of Iowa and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion (Minors in Integrative Physiology & Psychology). He also worked as a Strength & Conditioning intern with The University of Iowa for 3 years and volunteered in cardiac rehabilitation at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. Upon arriving to Texas, he interned at the Cooper Aerobics Center.
Jeffrey’s first career was as a strength & conditioning professional and personal trainer. Even in the fitness industry he specialized in working with people who were older and with physical limitations. His particular emphasis as a personal trainer was identifying basic movement problems to prevent injuries BEFORE the training started, which gave him a greater understanding about human movement and was a natural segway towards Physical Therapy.
Jeffrey graduated with a Doctorate Degree in Physical Therapy at The University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth in 2013. He received the Dean’s research Award for the Allied Health Department and got published in multiple journals. After physical therapy school he started his career by receiving mentoring for over a year working in a vestibular/neurological specialty outpatient practice. Since then he has worked in a number of areas of physical therapy including inpatient rehabilitation, acute care, skilled nursing, memory care, and even pediatrics. In 2018 he started his own practice with the name “Optimove” with the emphasis on a combination of “optimal movement” and “optimism.”