It's not the end of the world when you’re young. You get yourself
up, dust yourself off, and start all over again. When you get older, falling can be a very big deal featuring: risk of hip fracture, broken bones, slower healing.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa knows this and encourages its West Des Moines patients and
friends to be prudent of their safety and know skills to prevent falls. One of the best
skills to keep yourself from falling is good posture.
But, first, what makes falling such a danger in need of
prevention? Executive Chiropractic of Iowa offers these facts:
- Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries
in older folks. (1)
- 1 in 3 of those over 65 years falls each year. (1)
- Falls cost $30 billion in direct medical fees. (1)
- The most common fractures due to falls are to the spine,
hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. (1)
- More than 95% of hip fractures are due to falling. (2)
- Women suffer 75% of all falls (2), but more men die from hip
fractures due to falls (1).
- Many develop a fear of falling which limits their activity.
So how many elderly West Des Moines people do you know who
have fallen? Probably a few. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa takes care of many
West Des Moines patients and loved ones after a fall and finds these folks
much more cautious. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa encourages them to keep moving, check for
and treat any osteoporosis risk there may be, and boost calcium and vitamin D
intake to improve bone health as much as possible. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa sees itself
as a member of the team to prevent falls.
A new research report Executive Chiropractic of Iowa just came across
discusses the importance of good posture in the prevention of falling. Good
posture lends itself to good balance which reduces the chance of falling. (3)
A flexed forward posture in which the head leans forward and the upper back
curves to some extent disrupts your center of mass. Such curvature of the spine may even be
due to past vertebral fractures. Whatever the cause, this posture forces you to
lean forward awkwardly, setting you up for a fall. (3) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa’s
chiropractic spinal manipulation may help correct this. With gentle, safe spinal
manipulation, your West Des Moines chiropractic physician - your West Des Moines back pain specialist - helps improve
mobility in the upper spine and potentially reset your balance.
West Des Moines chiropractic care with Cox Technic and
simple exercise and basic supplementation may reduce your fear of falling and even
improve your posture when walking. Just a discussion between you and your West Des Moines
chiropractor to increase your awareness about your environment and its risks
for falling is beneficial. Contact Executive Chiropractic of Iowa to set up your next
chiropractic visit as a step toward better posture and reduced fall risk.
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