Falls are one of the most frequent types of accidents – and often the most dangerous! It is predicted 1998, falls in the home and community caused or led to nearly 16,000 deaths. All age groups are vulnerable, but older adults are most at risk. In fact, 80% of those receiving fatal injury are over the age of 65. Protect your spine – and other precious areas – by preventing falls. In recognition of National Spinal Health Month, take a few simple precautions to prevent against slips and falls.
Perform A Home Safety Check :
Keep the floor clear. Reduce clutter and safely tuck telephone and electrical cords out of walkways. Keep the floor clean. Clean up grease, water and other liquids immediately. Don’t wax floors. Use non-skid throw rugs to reduce your chance of slipping on linoleum. Also, slip-proof footwear can help avoid falls on slick surfaces. Install handrails in stairways. Have grab bars in the bathroom (by toilets and in tub/shower.) Make sure living areas are well lit. Close all drawers
after every use. Watch out for small pets and kids who may get underfoot. Be extra careful when you are carrying groceries or boxes, because you may not see what’s on the floor in front of you. Be aware that climbing and reaching high places will increase your chance of a fall. Use a sturdy step stool with hand rails – don’t teeter on a chair or a pile of boxes. Try not to reach too far to the right or left from your ladder or step stool.
And remember, if you do fall, give us a call as soon as possible.
Immediately after any fall:
The sooner you get into the office, the sooner your spine can be adjusted, and become healthy and normal again.
Chiropractic care, combined with massage, exercise and eating well, will help you reach and maintain your bodies optimum wellness.