Falls can occur at any age. Falls can cause
great harm or not much harm at all. Falling once certainly
can increase the level of fear of falling again. All
these bits of information point out
that falls are a concern, a concern that is age blind.
Spengel Chiropractic always inquires our McHenry
chiropractic patients if they’ve fallen recently.
Spengel Chiropractic supports interventions like exercise
that may reduce the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the
incidence of falls. Plus, Spengel Chiropractic is really good at
relieving McHenry back pain or neck pain that ensues.
OLDER FOLKS AND FALLS
Older folks reside at home alone
and with others or in community-based accommodations. Each scenario
carries 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 common. Researchers have
put effort into research studies looking
at exercise interventions that decrease the fear of falling and the risk of falling. Such trials with community-dwelling older persons
encompassed planned, structured, repetitive
physical activity geared toward improving
strength, gait, balance and mood as well as decreasing falls. Some
interventions tested are three dimensional
like Tai Chi, Yoga, resistance training, and balance work. One meta-analysis
of exercise trials presented non-statistically
significant benefits but benefits even so: an 11% decrease
in people who fell, a 13% decrease in falls, a 19% decrease
in injuries from falls. (1) Another study of people between 60 and 88 years
old that implemented a judo inspired
exercise program which taught the participants how to fall and how
to prevent falls showed significant improvements in physical
performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall techniques. (2) They
reported that such practices worked, particularly right
after the intervention. (3) Spengel Chiropractic would encourage
our older McHenry patients to keep exercising to prolong these
fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing benefits!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger folks can appreciate
McHenry fall prevention strategies as falls can be just
as detrimental to them. Falls and fall-related
injuries endanger 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 techniques
for a fall. Participants recovered physically and
psychologically. They gained techniques in how
to fall safely as well as how to prevent falls. (4) Spengel Chiropractic
supports exercise for all McHenry chiropractic family members, young
and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. Spengel Chiropractic
helps relieve fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
CONTACT Spengel 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 McHenry chiropractic visit with
Spengel Chiropractic 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.