Falls can happen at any age. Falls can cause
great harm or little harm at all. Falling once surely
can raise the level of fear of falling again. All
these bits of information underscore
that falls are am issue, an issue that is age blind.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic always questions our Brooks
chiropractic patients if they have fallen recently.
Soft Health and Healing Clinic supports interventions like exercise
that may reduce the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the
incidence of falls. Plus, Soft Health and Healing Clinic is really good at
relieving Brooks back pain or neck pain that results.
OLDER FOLKS AND FALLS
Older folks live at home by themselves
and with others or in community-based housing. Each scenario
carries a risk of falling. Rugs, pets, misreading steps, or any
number of things can result in a fall. For these older folks, the fear of falling is common. Researchers have
put effort into research studies involving exercise interventions that reduce the fear of falling as
well as the risk of falling. Such trials with community-dwelling older persons
incorporated planned, structured, repetitive
physical activity geared toward enhancing
strength, gait, balance and mood as well as decreasing falls. Some
interventions tested are three dimensional,for example Tai Chi, Yoga, resistance training, and balance work. One meta-analysis
of exercise trials reported on non-statistically
significant benefits but benefits nonetheless: an 11% drop
in people who fell, a 13% decrease in falls, a 19% drop
in injuries from falls. (1) Another study of people between 60 and 88 years
old that implemented a judo inspired
exercise program which taught them how to fall and how
to prevent falls showed significant improvements in physical
performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall methods. (2) They
reported that such practices worked, particularly right
after the intervention. (3) Soft Health and Healing Clinic would support our older
Brooks patients’ continued exercising to prolong these
fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing advantages!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger people can benefit from
Brooks fall prevention strategies as falls may be detrimental to them, too. Falls and fall-related
injuries threaten people at all ages.
Falls at work and at home are a problem. A workplace trial that
lasted 10 weeks for working age adults with a judo-inspired exercise
program worked on improving
physical function, activity, fall-related self-efficacy and safe-landing skills
for a fall. Participants recovered physically and
psychologically. They learned techniques in how
to fall safely as well as how to avert falls. (4) Soft Health and Healing Clinic
supports exercise for all Brooks chiropractic family members, young
and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. Soft Health and Healing Clinic
helps relieve fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
CONTACT Soft Health and Healing Clinic
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes helping a patient recover
from pain due to a fall using The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Brooks chiropractic visit with
Soft Health and Healing Clinic to take the fear out of falling, the pain
out of a fall, and the risk of a fall and reduce it
with some guidance on strengthening exercise in
addition to back pain-relieving chiropractic care.