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Dealing With Falls and How to Prevent Them

By Stephen R. Farris

As we grow older, mishaps tend to be more frequent than experienced in our youth. Falling down, for example, was no problem during our adolescent years, but for people in their golden years it proves difficult and could cause broken bones or deeper bruising that can take longer to heal.

Sometimes, in our minds, you may feel you're still young and spry, and can do anything, but our bodies will be the first to tell us otherwise.

If you fall into the 50 to 80 age category or older, there are steps and measures to help reduce the chances of a fall.

First, What Are the Risks of Falling?

The hazards are many. You may have begun to show problems maintaining balance and it could be associated with vision or other health conditions. Certain medications could throw off your balance and lead to falls. Clutter in and around the home could cause you to trip and end up face down on the floor. Leaves, rain, snow and ice are outdoor contributors to falling accidents as well, due to possible slippery conditions.

Preventing Falls

Number one on the list is -- you guessed right -- exercise. Building the muscles in your legs can help strengthen them to help gain better control over balance. Doing sit-to-stand exercise can help build leg muscles as well. You may also try balancing exercises standing up and using a table. 

Footwear

Wearing the wrong kind of shoes may also contribute to falls. Make sure they fit snuggly with just enough room at the end for your toes, but not too tight. Be sure they are wide enough to conform to your feet and that the soles are not too tall. Inserts are available at most any store that can provide better comfort for your feet as well.

Consult With Your Medical Professional

If you have problems maintaining balance or have fallen more often than usual, it's time you consult with your doctor or chiropractor to find out what's causing it. Your local chiropractor can examine you to see if you may need back or joint adjustments through spinal manipulation. They can also offer suggestions on exercises you can do at home too, in between treatment sessions. They'll do everything possible to help get you back to a healthier more active lifestyle.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Casa Grande, Ariz.

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