Falls can occur at any age. Falls can trigger
much harm or not much harm at all. Falling once surely
can raise the level of fear of falling again. All
these bits of information underscore
that falls are a concern, a concern that is age blind.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC always asks our La Grande
chiropractic patients if they have fallen recently.
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC supports interventions like exercise
that may reduce the fear of falls, the impact of falls and the
incidence of falls. Plus, Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC is really good at
relieving La Grande back pain or neck pain that ensues.
OLDER FOLKS AND FALLS
Older folks live at home alone
and with others or in community-based accommodations. Each situation
carries a risk of falling. Rugs, pets, misreading steps, or any
number of things can cause a fall. For these older friends
and neighbors and relatives, the fear of falling is usual. Researchers have
put effort into research studies looking
at exercise interventions that decrease the fear of falling and the risk of falling. Such trials with community-dwelling older persons
involved planned, structured, repetitive
physical activity oriented to enhancing
strength, gait, balance and mood in addition to decreasing falls. Some
interventions tried are 3D
like Tai Chi, Yoga, resistance training, and balance work. One meta-analysis
of exercise trials presented non-statistically
significant benefits but benefits nonetheless: an 11% decrease
in people who fell, a 13% drop in falls, a 19% decrease
in injuries from falls. (1) Another study of aged 60-88 year olds that used a judo inspired
exercise program which taught them how to fall and how
to prevent falls showed significant improvements in physical
performance, fall-related self-efficacy and fall methods. (2) They
reported that such practices worked, particularly right
after the intervention. (3) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC would encourage
our older La Grande patients to keep exercising to prolong these
fall-prevention and fall-fear-reducing benefits!
YOUNGER FOLKS AND FALLS
Younger folks can benefit from
La Grande fall prevention strategies as falls can be just
as detrimental to them. Falls and fall-related
injuries threaten people at all ages.
Falls at work and at home are an issue. A workplace trial that
lasted 10 weeks for working age adults with a judo-inspired exercise
program worked on improving
physical function, activity, fall-related self-efficacy and safe-landing techniques
for a fall. Participants improved physically and
psychologically. They gathered techniques in how
to fall safely and how to avert falls. (4) Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
supports exercise for all La Grande chiropractic family members, young
and old, to keep strong and healthy in the face of challenges like falls. Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
helps alleviate fall-related back pain and neck pain, too.
CONTACT Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Lee Hazen on The Back
Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes helping a patient recover
from pain after a fall using The Cox®
Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.
Schedule your La Grande chiropractic visit with
Paulette Hugulet, DC, LLC to take the fear out of falling, the pain
out of a fall, and the risk of a fall and reduce it
with some advice on strengthening exercise as well as back pain-relieving chiropractic care.