During our lifetimes, many factors come into play to make loss of balance and falls a serious threat. Did you know that neck problems are a very common overlooked source of balance issues?
While the majority of younger persons that fall can get moving again with no serious consequences, there is always a risk of falls resulting in life-threatening injuries. There’s no reason to even take such a risk when there are steps you can take to help prevent falls from happening in the first place. Following are a few tips to help you identify whether you or a loved one is at risk for a serious fall.
Are you taking multiple medications? Some medications, when mixed, can have side effects like light-headedness that could increase your risk of falling.
Do you have trouble walking? If you regularly experience neck pain, back pain or joint pain, or any other difficulties when you walk, we can evaluate your muscle strength and balance to identify your level of risk for falls. Are you exercising regularly? Regular exercise can also help strengthen your muscles and improve your balance and coordination so you won’t feel as unsteady on your feet.
Are you wearing the right shoes? Walking in shoes that don’t fit properly or have slick soles can increase your risk of falling. Banishing shoes in favor of roaming the house in your stocking feet is dangerous, too, so try to wear proper-fitting shoes with non-skid soles as much as possible.
Is your home full of fall hazards? Area rugs might add color to your home, but they could also add danger to your life. Make sure they have some sort of slip-resistant backing to them, even if you just use double-sided tape to secure them to the floor. Here are a few common sense but often overlooked tips:
- Remove clutter from walkways.
- Tape down electrical and phone cards so you don’t trip over them.
- Use non-slip mats in your bath and/or shower.
Shed some light on the subject. It’s easy to trip over objects that you can’t see, so make sure that your home is well-lit. Use 100-watt bulbs whenever possible (make sure that you don’t exceed the wattage rating on your lamps and other lighting fixtures to avoid a fire hazard).
- Place a lamp next to your bed that you can switch on if you need to get up at night.
Make good use of windows and natural light whenever possible
- Install night-lights in your bathroom and hallways.
- Make sure your stairways are lit as well, and turn on the lights before going up or down stairs.
- Keep flashlights in easily accessible places in case you lose power.
Improved balance can decrease your risk of fall-related injuries
You know what they say: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Through techniques known as kinesiology, we can help you improve your balance, which can help prevent falls by increasing your stability. We can also recommend balance exercises that you can perform both at home and under our supervision, depending on your current physical condition. We can help improve your balance and coordination to decrease the likelihood of falls.
Please call us at 781-659-7989 to schedule your balance and coordination visit, and start to feel better TODAY!