Are You at Risk for Stumbles and Falls?

With aging, many Americans begin fearing falls. And this is understandable, because falls are the leading cause of death among Americans age 65 and older. So if you’re approaching this age or are past it, you may be concerned about falling. 

However, there’s something you should know: Suffering a life-altering fall due to aging is not inevitable. There are things you can do to stay healthy and reduce your risk of falling. In this blog, John Hunt, DC, at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora explains who’s at risk for falling and what you can do to stay on your feet.

Sedentary lifestyle

Living an active lifestyle — not a sedentary one — will reduce your risk for falling. Taking regular walks or doing aerobics, yoga, or circuit training, can help keep your body in shape and strengthen your core. Furthermore, exercising can also help you feel better emotionally.

Gait or walking issues

If how you walk causes you to feel unsteady on your feet, you may be particularly reluctant to be physically active. However, there are things you can do to become mobile and do so safely. For example, your primary care provider may be able to recommend a custom or monitored exercise program.

Furthermore, at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, we design custom functional exercise programs to help patients with a variety of issues. Functional exercises mimic all the types of movements normally done daily, such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, and bending down to put on shoes. The ultimate goal of functional exercise is to improve gait, agility, and balance.

Spinal misalignment

Many stumbles and falls are due to imbalances or misalignments of the spine. Spinal misalignments can cause weakness, pain, and balance issues, all of which can lead to falls. These issues can also spring from nerve issues, which are often triggered by spinal misalignments.

Here at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora, Dr. Hunt is certified in an advanced chiropractic treatment known as Chiropractic BioPhysics®, or the Ideal Spine protocol. This holistic, nonsurgical chiropractic technique can effectively address spinal misalignments.

Once your spine is brought back into balance, this can improve your overall health and allow your primary care provider to concentrate on underlying issues that could be putting you at a higher risk for falling or stumbling.

If you’re worried about falling and want to learn how your spinal health may be impacting your overall health, book an appointment over the phone with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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