5 Chiropractic Tips for Senior Fall Prevention
By Brandi Goodman
Older Americans Month in May encourages aging adults to do what they can to stay healthy and well. No matter your age, there are always ways to improve your balance, maintain your strength, and boost your health. With some chiropractic tips in mind, you can improve your coordination and prevent falls that are all-too-common for seniors.
Get Routine Chiropractic
Chiropractic care itself can help with fall prevention. It will ensure no joint restrictions are in place that can inhibit your movement and make it easier to trip. Routine adjustments will ensure your body is as stable and strong as possible so you can remain steady on your feet.
Sometimes, a lack of nutrition is the culprit for a fall. You may be prone to dizziness and feeling unsteady when you haven't eaten well that day. Eat healthy and maintain a balanced diet so you can avoid dizzy spells and feel as good as possible.
Wear Non-Slip Shoes and Socks
Whether you're outdoors or even inside, you should have something non-slip on your feet. Non-slip shoes are ideal when you're walking outdoors or even in stores. They'll offer a better grip and keep you upright. Non-slip socks are ideal when you're at home and want to keep your feet warm. These socks have rubber grips on the bottom that make it harder to fall. Regular socks are far too slippery on smooth surfaces, such as in the kitchen or bathroom.
Maintain an Exercise Routine
As you age, you have even more reason to exercise. You need to keep your body strong if you want to avoid unnecessary falls. Maintaining an exercise routine that focuses on core and back strength will especially help. A strong core and back help you preserve your balance. Start with some chair exercises if you're out of shape and go for walks. They're easy enough, yet effective.
Stretch First, and Stand Slowly
Before you attempt to get up from a seated or lying position, you should stretch first. Wiggle your toes. Lift and lower your leg. Do what you can to stretch out a bit and get the blood flowing. Then, you should stand up slowly so you can rise without increasing your blood pressure or stumbling, both of which can make a fall more likely.
Keep these chiropractic tips in mind to avoid falls and keep yourself healthy and well. Regular adjustments and further guidance from The Joint can help you meet this goal. Don't hesitate to visit one of the more than 600 locations across the nation. A chiropractor is waiting to help.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.