Fall Prevention and Balance Managed with Richmond Chiropractic Care

November 20, 2018

Fall Risk. It is a genuine risk for many Richmond folks today, particularly in the over 65-year old group. Falls cause pain. Falls are expensive. Falls disrupt life. Back pain and neck pain affect the risk of falls and initiate conversations of fall prevention among back pain patients and their healthcare providers like yours at Johnson Chiropractic. Johnson Chiropractic treats many Richmond back pain and neck pain patients who have higher risks of falls. Johnson Chiropractic offers some advice to take the risk out of the fall risk and facilitate the path for Richmond chiropractic patients to grow stronger and stay upright!


Chronic low back pain sufferers experience more trouble performing “sit to stand” and “stand to sit” processes. These are just what they sound like! Healthy people can change from sitting to standing and standing to sitting at a practical speed. Chronic back pain sufferers are slower, likely due to the slower muscle activation needed to perform these movements. (1) Chronic low back pain patients with lumbar spine instability are known to have more postural sway when their eyes are closed or their vision is in some way obscured. (2) Pain influences balance and increases fall risk. Neck pain is significantly related to postural balance. Intense low back pain is associated with a significantly higher concern of falling. (3) Johnson Chiropractic helps with both pain and balance in Richmond chiropractic patients.


Certainly, the number 1 and 2 reasons over-age-65-years patients look for care from a chiropractor like your Richmond chiropractor are back pain and neck pain. Other reasons are balance, groin pain, hip pain, and headaches. (4) Johnson Chiropractic has great knowledge of the risks associated with falls and fully comprehends the impact of pain and balance on fall risk. Johnson Chiropractic recognizes Richmond chiropractic patients’ ways of moving whenever they are in the office and notes any red flags for fall risk. Richmond chiropractic patients with Richmond back pain who discover that they are a bit unbalanced and at risk of falls are not alone! Johnson Chiropractic has a few easy exercises to increase balance and proprioception which then help prevent falls.  A recent study shares that stabilizing training decreased pain and disability. Balance training improved balance. (5) Even a little improvement in balance and stability is an important help.  

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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Tony Barton on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson about effective chiropractic treatment using Cox® Technic spinal manipulation of a patient with chronic back pain which, as written here, influences fall risk.

Schedule a Richmond chiropractic appointment today. To prevent falls and increase your confidence in moving, Johnson Chiropractic is ready to check your present balance status and recommend some methods to reduce your fall risk, no matter your age!

Richmond chiropractic care of balance for fall prevention involves stabilizing and proprioceptive exercise.