Falls can happen at any age. Falls can cause
much harm or not much harm at all. Falling once surely
can raise the level of fear of falling again. All
these bits of information highlight the fact
that falls are a concern, a concern that is age blind.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa always inquires our West Des Moines
chiropractic patients if they’ve fallen lately.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is in favor of interventions like exercise
that may decrease the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the
incidence of falls. Plus, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is quite good at
relieving West Des Moines back pain or neck pain that ensues.
OLDER FOLKS AND FALLS
Older folks reside at home by themselves
and with others or in community-based accommodations. Each situation
has 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 not uncommon. Researchers have
put effort into research studies looking
at exercise interventions that decrease the fear of falling as
well as the risk of falling. Such trials with community-dwelling older folks
incorporated planned, structured, repetitive
physical activity geared toward improving
strength, gait, balance and mood in addition to decreasing falls. Some
interventions tested are 3D,for example 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% reduction
in people who fell, a 13% reduction in falls, a 19% reduction
in injuries from falls. (1) Another study of people between 60 and 88 years
old that used a judo inspired
exercise program which taught the participants how to fall and how
to prevent falls revealed significant improvements in physical
performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall methods. (2) They
found that such practices worked, particularly right
after the intervention. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa would encourage
our older West Des Moines patients to keep exercising to extend these
fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing advantages!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger folks can benefit from
West Des Moines fall prevention strategies as falls can 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 was designed to improve
physical function, activity, fall-related self-efficacy and safe-landing methods
for a fall. Participants recovered physically and
psychologically. They practiced techniques in how
to fall safely as well as how to stop falls. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
supports exercise for all West Des Moines chiropractic family members, young
and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
helps relieve fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
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 following The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic visit with
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to take the fear out of falling, the pain
out of a fall, and the risk of a fall and decrease it
with some guidance on strengthening exercise as well as back pain-relieving chiropractic care.