How to Prevent Fall Injuries
By Brandi Swieter
The fall season provides a blanket of beauty with freshly fallen leaves coloring the ground. While it’s a beautiful time of year, it can also be a dangerous time as well. People often experience injuries during the autumn months while slipping on wet leaves, hurting their backs while raking, and missing a ladder step as they attempt to clear the gutters. Some fall safety tips will help ensure people get injured less so they can enjoy the season more.
Drive Carefully in the Rain
Rain hits often in the fall months. With rain pouring down and soaking the fallen leaves, it makes for a slippery surface when driving. Everyone should do their part to drive carefully this season and go slow rather than trying to watch. Walking should be the same way. Fewer accidents will occur if people all over are more careful.
Wear Stable Shoes
Homeowners who plan on getting on a ladder and clearing their glutters of fallen leaves need to have stable shoes. Sandals will not work for this type of job. A pair of tennis shoes with proper grip will provide the best support while trying to remain sturdy on a high ladder.
Notice the Body’s Cues
Most people push themselves far past their limits, allowing strains and pains to take over. The body often has its own cues that people need to be made more aware of if they want to avoid trouble. If an ache starts developing, don’t push past it. It is best to stop whatever activity is being done and rest so the problem does not get worse. It leads to slips, falls, and worse injuries.
Seek a Professional's Advice
The best thing a person can do if they do experience an injury is to seek the advice of a professional. Some ice on the back may not do the trick, so visiting a chiropractor will ensure a proper evaluation gets completed to see how much damage was done. Any misalignments could cause further problems down the line, so it’s best to get checked out immediately after getting hurt and not putting it off for a later time.
Stay safe this fall and enjoy all the season has to offer. Come to The Joint Chiropractic anytime an injury does occur to receive an adjustment and learn additional tips on preventative measures.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Indianapolis, Ind.