Falls can occur at any age. Falls can cause
much harm or little harm at all. Falling once certainly
can raise the intensity of fear of falling again. All
these bits of information highlight the fact
that falls are a concern, a concern that is age blind.
Johnson Chiropractic always asks our Richmond
chiropractic patients if they have fallen lately.
Johnson Chiropractic is in favor of interventions like exercise
that may decrease the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the
incidence of falls. Plus, Johnson Chiropractic is quite good at
relieving Richmond back pain or neck pain that develops.
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 cause a fall. For these older folks, the fear of falling is usual. Researchers have done research studies involving exercise interventions that decrease the fear of falling as
well as the risk of falling. Such trials with community-dwelling older folks
involved planned, structured, repetitive
physical activity geared toward improving
strength, gait, balance and mood in addition to decreasing falls. Some
interventions tried are 3D
like Tai Chi, Yoga, resistance training, and balance work. A meta-analysis
of exercise trials described non-statistically
significant benefits but benefits even so: an 11% decrease
in people who fell, a 13% reduction in falls, a 19% drop
in injuries from falls. (1) Another study of people between 60 and 88 years
old that used a judo inspired
exercise program which taught them how to fall and how
to prevent falls revealed significant improvements in physical
performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall methods. (2) They
reported that such practices worked, particularly immediately following the intervention. (3) Johnson Chiropractic would encourage
our older Richmond patients to keep exercising to extend these
fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing benefits!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger folks can benefit from
Richmond fall prevention strategies as falls can be detrimental to them, too. Falls and fall-related
injuries put at risk people at all ages.
Falls at work and at home are an issue. A workplace trial of 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 methods
for a fall. Participants got better physically and
psychologically. They learned techniques in how
to fall safely as well as how to stop falls. (4) Johnson Chiropractic
supports exercise for all Richmond chiropractic family members, young
and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. Johnson Chiropractic
helps relieve fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
CONTACT Johnson Chiropractic
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 after a fall using The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your Richmond chiropractic visit with
Johnson Chiropractic to take the fear out of falling, the pain
out of a fall, and the risk of a fall and reduce it
with some advice on strengthening exercise in
addition to back pain-relieving chiropractic care.