Chiropractic Care for Winter Falls
By Donna Stark
There sure are a lot of beautiful things that come to mind when you think about winter, but if you have sustained an injury from a slip and fall on the ice in the past, it may be hard to picture anything pretty about this season anymore. That wintry mix of snow, sleet, and ice that covers the walkways can make walking difficult and as a result, increases the risk for everyone to get hurt. And let's be clear. There is nothing pretty about that. So what is the best thing to do if you or a loved one takes a nasty tumble to the ground? Here are some suggestions.
If you only had to worry about a bump, scrape, or bruise, falls wouldn't be that scary, but that isn't always how they turn out. From broken bones to sprains to concussions to poor alignment, it's easy to see how falls can wreak havoc on your body. Never hesitate to seek emergency care if you hit your head or are in a lot of pain. And don't forget to see your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic too! Your fall could have jostled your body so much that an adjustment is in order. So even if you feel lucky that you only ended up with a scrape, it's still very important to have your spine and body examined for hidden damage.
Every fall is unique in nature, but most will require an adjustment to your lifestyle. You may need to rest more than usual to allow enough time for the stiffness, inflammation, and pain to disappear. Or, if the fall was more on the serious side, you may need to curtail your movements even after you get cleared to return. Your local chiropractor can help you during this process with adjustments that will speed the healing and improve your overall well-being.
Continue the Care
Routine chiropractic care can help alleviate the pain you are feeling and reduce the risk of future injury. The adjustments your chiropractor provides can improve balance and stability, increase muscle strength, and restore joint function ... all of which can help you stay on your feet. The Joint Chiropractic has over 500 locations nationwide to choose from, daily hours, and no appointments or referrals required, so it couldn't be any easier to continue your care!
Keep Your Eyes Peeled
Of course, your local chiropractor can't follow you around with a bag of salt, so keep your eyes peeled for those slippery surfaces, always hold onto handrails when you can, and take your time walking! By having an injury-free winter, you may be able to see the beauty once more!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Portland, Ore.