Falls can happen at any age. Falls can cause much harm or not much harm at all. Falling once surely can increase the intensity of fear of falling again. All these bits of information point out that falls are am issue, an issue that is age blind. New Hampshire Spine and Sport always questions our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients if they’ve fallen lately. New Hampshire Spine and Sport backs interventions like exercise that may decrease the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the incidence of falls. Plus, New Hampshire Spine and Sport is really good at relieving Southern New Hampshire back pain or neck pain that ensues.
OLDER FOLKS AND FALLS
Older folks live 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 end in a fall. For these older friends and neighbors and relatives, 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 enhancing strength, gait, balance and mood in addition to decreasing falls. Some interventions tested are 3D like Tai Chi, Yoga, resistance training, and balance work. A meta-analysis of exercise trials detailed non-statistically significant benefits but benefits even so: an 11% decrease in people who fell, a 13% drop 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 them how to fall and how to prevent falls showed significant improvements in physical performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall techniques. (2) They found that such practices worked, particularly right after the intervention. (3) New Hampshire Spine and Sport would encourage our older Southern New Hampshire patients to keep exercising to extend these fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing benefits!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger people can appreciate Southern New Hampshire fall prevention strategies as falls can be detrimental to them, too. Falls and fall-related injuries jeopardize 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 techniques for a fall. Participants improved physically and psychologically. They gathered techniques in how to fall safely and how to stop falls. (4) New Hampshire Spine and Sport supports exercise for all Southern New Hampshire chiropractic family members, young and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. New Hampshire Spine and Sport helps relieve fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
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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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic visit with New Hampshire Spine and Sport to take the fear out of falling, the pain out of a fall, and the chance of a fall and decrease it with some advice on strengthening exercise along with back pain-relieving chiropractic care.