• 18 FEB 15
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    A unique way to reduce your risk of falls

    It’s a worrying fact that falls contribute to significant health problems, and in some cases, falls can even result in death. It’s no wonder therefore as this risk increases, fear and worry of possible consequences should a fall happen, begin to seep into the subconscious, causing just as many problems and even possibly increasing the risk of your fear coming to life. It’s a vicious circle.

    We all know that anyone can fall, it doesn’t matter how old you are, and it can simply be tripping over your own feet, being too preoccupied with what’s going on over the road, that you don’t see an obstruction in your way, or due to a bout of dizziness due to some temporary factor. Despite this, there’s no denying the elderly people have more falls overall, due to more risk factors, and studies have shown that around one third of the population aged over 65 experience a fall each year. Of course, many falls aren’t even reported, because no injury was sustained, but that doesn’t mean that a serious knock of confidence wasn’t resulting. We know that hip fractures are a huge problem with the elderly, and out of these falls, more than 40% of people who were admitted to hospital with a hip fracture, never returned home or weren’t able to live in the same way again.

    This is a sad set of statistics, and the fear of being one of these people affected can actually increase the risk, because it seriously affects confidence and independence. Some elderly people refuse to go out and socialise because of they are worried about falling and the effects of this, which then leads to other social and cognitive problems. Again, that vicious cycle.

    So, what factors can cause a fall?

    We mentioned before that even the smallest of things can lead to a trip or resulting fall, but in the elderly the causes are quite common, such as muscle weakness, balance or gait problems, eyesight issues, postural hypotension, medication side effects causing dizziness, cognitive issues, or mobility problems. Therefore it’s important to recognise that prevention of a fall in the first place, is just as important as treatment.

    How can chiropractic help?

    Ringwood chiropractor, Dr Tracey Lademann, explains “One of the important beliefs behind chiropractic is that treating the body as a whole leads to greater health, and that spinal and manual manipulation techniques can put right a number of medical problems, such as muscle and joint stiffness, which could cause mobility problems when not treated, and ultimately cause a fall. The spine and neck is an important part of balance, and of course, feeling off balance is one of the main reasons for a fall. Chiropractic treats this vital area, correcting balance and freeing up stiffness.”

    Reducing risk factors is an important part of reducing the risk of a fall, and if risk is reduced, the fear is also conquered. Call our practice now on 03 9095 7990 to arrange an appointment, and see how chiropractic could help you reduce your fears, increase your mobility, and kick out risk.

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