Slippery When Wet: Your Bathroom and Your Back
By Krista Elliott
At the end of a long day, there's nothing quite as relaxing as a long soak in the tub, or a steaming hot shower that soothes every muscle.
Our bathroom is the place where we start and end our days, getting clean, relaxing, making ourselves presentable to the world, and well ... taking care of certain necessities. However, the bathroom can also be a place of great danger to your spine and joints. According to the CDC, about 235,000 people over the age of 15 are hospitalized every year due to injuries suffered in the bathroom. A large chunk of these injuries take place due to slips and falls in the shower or tub. Among older people, a considerable amount of injuries occur when trying to sit on (or get up from) the toilet.
When you slip or fall, the results can be devastating. Whether it's pulled muscles, fractures, herniated discs, dislocations, or strains and subluxations, odds are good that you won't walk away from a bathroom fall unscathed. Even if you slip on a wet floor and manage to catch yourself, you run a real risk of pulling muscles, leading to painful subluxations, or misalignments of vertebrae in the spine..
Rubber Duckies Don't Get Spinal Injuries
So, how do you keep your back and joints safe in the bathroom? Using the bathroom isn't exactly an optional activity, so the key is to make it as safe as possible. Here are a few things you can do to lessen the odds of a joint-damaging slip or fall.
Install safety grab bars in the tub and shower, and consider one next to the toilet as well, especially if your balance isn't the best.
Place a thick bath mat in front of your shower or tub, and dry your feet well before stepping off of it. Be sure to wipe up any puddles immediately.
Line your tub or shower with a non-slip rubber mat.
If mobility is an issue, consider refitting your washroom to include a tub that you can step into, as opposed to climbing over.
Avoid using oils in your bath, as they can make your tub slick.
Despite your best efforts, accidents can still happen. Once you're on the mend and have been cleared for bodywork, make sure to visit The Joint Chiropractic. With gentle and precise adjustments, the chiropractors at The Joint are experts at treating lingering pain and stiffness. And routine care from The Joint can help ensure that your frame is in its optimal alignment, helping to improve your balance and range of motion, both of which may help you weather (or better yet, prevent) future slips or falls.
So pull the plug on back pain with a visit to The Joint Chiropractic today!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.