Human Performance Center Physical Therapy in Santa Barbara

Physical Therapy Services at HPC

We know you’d like quick relief from your pain so you can get moving again and get back to your healthy, active life. All physical therapy treatment here in HPC Santa Barbara is meant to prevent future problems so you’ll learn how to take charge of your pain.

Fall Prevention

I Could Lose my Balance and Fall!

Better balance & mobility…

Are within your control!

Maintaining one’s balance requires that multiple body systems work in unison. Aging, disease, medications and injury can all affect these systems and can lead to imbalance, dizziness and mobility problems. But thanks to recent advancements and programs like Safe & Steady, we now know that balance is a skill that most of us can keep or recapture. You can become steadier on your feet and reduce your chance of falling.

How We can Help?

Balance Retraining

As a Safe & Steady program participant, you’ll receive a thorough examination by specially trained and certified Physical Therapists They’ll carefully evaluate all the body systems involved in maintaining balance and will also employ the advanced computerized instrumentation pictured here on the right.

  • After pinpointing the cause/s of your particular imbalance problem, a specific program of exercises and activities will be created that will help reduce your symptoms and limitations and make you feel more safe and steady.
  • You’ll also learn techniques and strategies for better coping with your imbalance problems around your home and in the community. Family members are often included in this training and find it very helpful!
  • If it is determined that your imbalance problems are related to your vestibular system (one of the systems in your body that control balance), you’ll be given specific treatments that can retrain your system, improve your balance and reduce your feelings of dizziness. Who would benefit…

Who would benefit?

If you…

Feel unsteady, weak, have fallen or lost mobility; Have had a stroke or have Parkinson’s Disease; Feel dizzy or have a vestibular diagnosis; Then we can help! Peripheral Neuropathy…

Those who suffer from peripheral neuropathy often have imbalance and stability problems. Our special program includes exercises to not only improve stability, but light therapy and electrical stimulation to potentially reduce pain and numbness too.

How to get our help…

Ask your doctor or call us directly

Your physician, medical provider or specialist can refer you to the Human Performance Center or you or a family member can contact us directly for more information. In either case, we coordinate our care with your personal physician. Please contact us by phone at: 805 687-8553 Or, e-mail us at:

HPC’s Safe & Steady Balance Team

Physical Therapists Diane Barrickman, PT, DPT, Debbie Fisher, PT, MPT and Mary Colson, PT, MPT are all specially trained to evaluate and treat balance and vestibular disorders. Fisher also focuses on patients with neurological conditions with balance problems. Adding to her extensive training and experience in the assessment and treatment of imbalance and vestibular disorders, Diane Barrickman is one of a select few physical therapists nationwide to have completed Advanced Certification in vestibular evaluation and treatment.

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